WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Worcester is spending $80,000 to clean and restore a dozen monuments and memorials around the city, many of them honoring veterans and the military.
City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. says some of the monuments haven't been touched since they were first erected or dedicated more than a century ago.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that among those getting a face-lift are a monument to Seaman 1st Class Maurice Mastrototoro, the city's first casualty of World War II, who died at Pearl Harbor; a bell from the USS Worcester, a Navy vessel that provided gunfire support during the Korean War; and a bronze sculpture of a Spanish-American War soldier.
Assistant Parks Commissioner Robert Antonelli Jr. said renovations should start after Labor Day and be completed by early winter.
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