Veterans Day program planned for Sunday in city
WOONSOCKET – The City of Woonsocket and the United Veterans Council (UVC) are teaming up to put on a special Veterans Day program at the UVC Park on Davison Street beginning at 11 a.m. on Nov.11.
The event will include a ceremonial acknowledgment of the end of World War I, now 100 years ago.
Following the observances at the UVC park, the assembled gathering will travel to Market Square, where one of the city’s 11 World War I squares, Private Andrew F. Young Memorial Square, will be rededicated. Private Andrew F. Young Memorial Square is at the intersection of Main and Arnold streets. After the unveiling at Main and Arnold, the United Veterans Council will read all the names of the remaining squares dedicated to city participants in World War I.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held indoors at the Museum of Work & Culture, according to Linda Plays, city director of Human Services. Any changes in location for the Veterans Day ceremonies will be announced on WNRI and WOON radio before the event, Plays noted.
The UVC recently provided Roger Beaudry of the American-French Genealogical Society with a check for $1,163 to help complete the installation of the new Memorial Square signs at the locations
selected by the city back in the 1920s.
The signage is the result of a project Beaudry took on to research the city’s contributions to the Great War to end all wars.
The memorial squares honor 10 city men serving in World War I and who made the ultimate sacrifice, and also remember Edna G. Dunn, a Navy yeowoman 2c, who died in the service on Jan. 9, 1919. Dunn’s sign will be located at the entrance to the city’s Dunn Park, which was named in her memory.
In all 78 city residents lost their lives during World War I, part of the more than 2,000 local residents going off to serve in World War I.
The city’s World War I Memorial Squares and local residents they honor are listed below.
• Pvt. Andrew F. Young Memori-
al Square, killed in action, Sept. 12, 1918. Intersection of Main Street, Arnold, Bernon and South Main streets, formerly Market Square.
• Pvt. Joseph O. Normandin Memorial Square, killed in action, Nov. 4, 1918. Intersection of Front and Court streets, formerly Court Square.
• Pvt. Arthur Curtis Memorial Square, killed in action, July 18, 1918. Intersection of Blackstone Street and Harris Avenue, formerly Randall Square.
• Pvt. Joseph R. Coutu Memorial Square, killed in action, August 29, 1918. Intersection of Greene and Bernon streets.
• Pvt. Donatien Belhumeur Memorial Square, killed in action, Aug. 29, 1918. Intersection of Social and Rathbun streets, formerly Social Corner.
• Pvt. Giovanni Filice Memorial Square, killed in action, Oct. 4, 1918. Intersection of Social Street and Diamond Hill Road.
• Corp. Lionel O. Roberge Memorial Square, died in service, Oct. 7, 1918. Intersection of Knight, Cottage and Logee streets.
• Pvt. Alberic C. Riendeau Memorial Square, killed in action July 5, 1918. Intersection of Providence Street and Smithfield Road, formerly Union Square.
• Pvt. William Jolicoeur Memorial Square, died of wounds, Oct. 3, 1918. Intersection of Hamlet Avenue, Cumberland Street and Cumberland Hill Road.
• 1st Lt. Harold F. Flynn Memorial Square, killed in action, Nov. 9, 1918. Intersection of Court, High, Main and Clinton streets, formerly Depot Square.
• Yeowoman 2c Edna C. Dunn Memorial Park, died in service, Jan. 9, 1919. Entrance to Edna G. Dunn Memorial Park.