Veterans Memorial Wall soon to include names of those serving in 'global war on terror'


NORTH ADAMS — In a war with no end in sight, city officials don't want to wait until it's over to honor its veterans.

North Adams officials are continuing their search for the names of those who have served in the military since the global war on terror began after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

"From my perspective, it's very important to recognize those who have served," said Mayor Richard Alcombright. "Of the many unfortunate parts to the 'global war on terror,' there's never been this opportune time."

The city is planning to add a plaque to its Veterans Memorial Wall that honors veterans of the conflicts in the middle east.

"If we continue to wait to honor these veterans, some are going to get lost in the shuffle," Alcombright said.

The effort was launched by city Veterans Agent Stephen Roy and the deadline to submit names of veterans to the city is August 31.

As turmoil in the Middle East continues, Alcombright suggested the city should update its list of veterans the plaque commemorating them every three to five years.

"We just hope like hell we don't have to grow the plaque," Alcombright said. "Wouldn't that be a good thing?"

The Veterans Memorial Wall lists the names of those from North Adams who fought during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The list of veterans from the country's current conflicts is expected to be small relative to past wars.

The city plans to have the new plaque installed this Veterans Day on November 11.

Reach staff writer Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376 or @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter


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