The Friends of Woburn Veterans are honored, and extremely grateful, to announce that we have just received notification that we were granted a $100,000.00 grant from the Cummings Foundation!!!
Through this grant and the generosity of the Cummings Foundation, we will receive $20,000 a year for five years. Our first project, utilizing this grant, is the refurbishing of the World War I monument on Woburn Common. This project will cost approximately $30,000. Each succeeding year of the five year grant would be used for similar projects in the city. The next project to follow is the North Woburn Flag project at Ferullo Field. We are installing seven flag poles and landscaping at the Ferullo monument – the five branches of service, the POW/MIA flag and the American flag flying highest.
This grant is part of the Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. Every year, the Cummings Foundation provides 100 grants of $100,000 to nonprofit organizations serving people in Middlesex Essex, and Suffolk counties in Massachusetts. To see a complete list of this year’s grant recipients, visit: www.CummingsFoundation.org. To date, the Cummings Foundation has awarded more than $170 million to local nonprofits based in Greater Boston.
Friends of Woburn Veterans is a group of volunteers established in October 2011 to support various veteran's projects throughout the City of Woburn. They are a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit and their mission is to maintain the perpetual care and preservation of Woburn's Veterans’ memorials and to support veteran’s related projects throughout the City of Woburn. Our accomplishments to date…
Woburn Honor Roll
In October of 2011, we formed our committee and took on our first major project – creating a new Woburn Honor Roll, on Woburn Common, listing over twelve thousand names of men and women, from Woburn, who have served from 1642 in our first militias to present day in Afghanistan. In November of 2012, our first major project and accomplishment was completed, dedicated and gifted to the City of Woburn.
Dedication of POW/MIA Chair at City Hall
The Friends of Woburn Veterans and Rolling Thunder - Massachusetts Chapter 1, with the support of Mayor Galvin and the Woburn City Council, are dedicated a POW/MIA chair, plaque and flags in the Rotunda of City Hall on Tuesday evening on June 4th, 2013 at 6:45 PM.
Since World War I, more than 92,000 American soldiers have been unaccounted for. The unoccupied seat is dedicated to the memory of those brave men and women and to the sacrifices each made in serving this country. They are not forgotten.
Foley Beach Flag Pole
The Friends of Woburn Veterans resurrected and reconstructed the Foley Beach Flag Pole at Horn Pond. The dedication and ceremony of the John F. Duran, Jr. Flag Pole at Horn Pond (at Arlington Road and Stoddard Street) was on Sunday October 13th, 2013 at 1:30 PM. John was a proud member of the United States Army and served during the Korean War. John was a former member of the Woburn City Council and very active in the community. John was passionate about restoring this flag pole before he sadly passed away in 2012.
Mishawum Road Bridge Flag Project
We annually sponsor the Mishawum Bridge Flag Project. Local resident Joe Pouech, and veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, started this project 14 years ago with the help of local civic clubs and volunteers, to honor our veterans and the lives lost on 9/11. We are proud supporters of Joe and his flag project!
The Restoration of the Dallin Civil War Monument
We completed the restoration of the Dallin Civil War “Soldiers and Sailors” Monument at the Soldier’s Lot at Woodbrook Cemetery. This monument was first erected and dedicated in 1904 by the citizens of Woburn and restored in May of 2014 by the Friends of Woburn Veterans.
The Restoration of the U.S.S Maine Cowl on Woburn Common
The Friends of Woburn Veterans restored the USS Main Cowl on Woburn Common and held a dedication ceremony on Sunday June 12th at 10 AM on Woburn Common. We dismantled the old glass panels (housing); we replaced the roof over the housing and side petitions; we removed the cowl and sent it to Skylight Studios where they put a preservative finish on it (the surface of the cowl, an original state, was not altered in any way). We placed a brand new granite slab on top of the old base then replaced the old partitions and roof with solid granite and replaced the glass with a high tempered plexi-glass. We framed the documents, artifact (medal) and pictures and placed them back with the cowl. We also installed lighting and landscaped the entire area, on the common, where the cowl resides.
The Friends of Woburn Veterans committee members include Larry Guiseppe, George Poole, Jennifer Murray, Mike McGann, Jerry Buckley, Domenic Negri, Jerry Langone, Mike McDonough, James McLaughlin, Tom Quigley, Charles Culhane, Al DePaoli, WPD Lt. Chris Wackrow, WPD Officer Greg Post, WFD Tom Martin, Michael Downs, Mark Comeiro, Richard Gately, Kathy Lucero, John Flaherty, and Bob Shure.
Jennifer Murray, Secretary/Treasurer
ABOUT CUMMINGS FOUNDATION
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1.4 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.