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The Wenham War Memorial Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning, where it will take up the design of a war memorial that does not have the backing of two other town committees.

The Wenham War Memorial Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning to discuss a new design – a design that neither the joint building committee nor Historical District Commission favors.

Both committees last week – that the design is too short and wide and few liked having an eagle and globe at the top of the monument.

“We can't put up something that is inappropriate,” said John Darling, chairman of the building committee during a joint meeting of both committees.

Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren described the proposed changes as making the monument taller and narrower and reducing the size of the eagle and globe.

Last week, when the joint building committee and Historical District Commission met there were repeated calls for cooperation between the two committees and the war memorial committee.

“I don't like the feeling that it is them versus us and us versus them,” said Don Bannon, who is a member of both historic and building committees.

"Them" is the War Memorial Committee, which has spent four years working on the monument placement and design. The committee is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. on Tuesday at .

The building and historic committees were also unclear whose names would be inscribed on the monument. Some thought the monument would honor only those from Wenham who died in the two world wars, the Korean and Vietnam wars. Others said the plan is to honor any Wenham resident who served in the military during one of the wars.

Bruce Wadleigh August 11, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Is Mr. Darling a veteran ? I'm sure the answer is NO, Anyone on the other two commitees and the town administrator and BoS that is not a veteran should step aside and let the WMC make the final decision. I would be honored to have the Wenham War Memorial placed on my property in Hamilton if the WMC would ever let it be placed outside of Wenham. We veterans always stick together. I hope that the Wenham American Legion will join us at the Hamilton American Legion someday real soon. It would be good for both Legions and makes a lot of sense. Semper Fi !!! Bruce Wadleigh Hamilton
Thomas S. Luxton August 11, 2011 at 11:05 PM
As one whose name was on the original Honor Roll, along with my two brothers and two uncles, I think it's time to stand back and find common ground. I don't think that will happen as long as Mr. Darling is involved. Maybe it's time for him to step down as Bruce Blanchard has done to try to move things along.
Michelle Bailey August 13, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Article in the Salem News today... http://www.salemnews.com/local/x850298757/Years-of-disputes-delay-war-memorial
Richard Kraus August 15, 2011 at 07:15 PM
i support our veterans of both towns .i am navy vet of six yrs 1967 to1973 .i lived in both towns and am honored to know most of the vietnam vets as schoolmates. do them proud cause they fought for you.Richard J Kraus
Michelle Bailey September 04, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Over the summer, we saw a war memorial in Lancaster, NH. It was a bronze eagle with out stretched wings perched atop a globe shape on a 4-sided pedestal with the names of the war honor roll. The memorial is located on the historic green on the main state road going through town. Sound remotely familiar? A photo of that memorial was added to this article.

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