Restored flagpole and monument re-dedicated

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A western Massachusetts landmark that was damaged in the June 1, 2011 tornado was re-dedicated this Memorial Day.

The Veterans Memorial Flagpole on Roosevelt Avenue came down due to high winds the day of the tornado. The monument, which dates back to 1931, was cracked. It has since been restored, due to funding from gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson, which has its headquarters right across the street.

James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, told 22News, “You know, it’s a great day. We knew it was the right thing for us to get involved and give something back to the community particularly to veterans and rededicate this memorial as we did today.”

The ceremony marks exactly 82 years since the monument was first dedicated.

Following the ceremony, a “Celebration of Heroes” is being held on Roosevelt Avenue between Cottage St. and Performance Blvd. from Noon until 4:00, featuring live music, food, and entertainment. It is open to the public.

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