Vet­er­ans Day pro­gram planned for Sun­day in city

Woonsocket Call - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSEPH B. NADEAU jnadeau@woonsock­et­call.com

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.

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