Monument for WWI Vet from Watertown Cleaned UpPosted: Updated:
The firing of volleys and the playing of tap for Private Harold Wright, a Watertown man who was one of the many soldiers who fought in World War I but didn't make it home.
His monument had become dirty and parts of it were deteriorating when one veteran from the Watertown Elks club decided it was time to do something about it.
"I wanted to refurbish it in anyway possible," said Jack Hammond, with the Elks Club. "I've been visiting this statue for 75 years and it inspired me as a young man."
The Elks brought in a sculptor from Vermont to make repairs and a two local businesses volunteered to clean the statue. A genealogist from the Elks also dug into history and found out Wright suffered his mortal wound while delivering a message to a commander. An assignment he volunteered for.
"He truly was a hero," said Hammond.
When Private Wright was buried, thousands of people came out to pay their respects. On Saturday, more than 100 people came out for the dedication.
"It's one of the few monuments you'll ever see with a world war one solider," said veteran Thomas Flavin. "We saw that the Elks club took charge of it and we thought it was really nice."
"I think its a wonderful thing. It's an opportunity thanks to Watertown Elks to have a gathering of us old Veterans," said veteran Arthur Feather.
An opportunity to honor a hero and to bring veterans together to commemorate the sacrifices so many have made for our freedom