HERMON, Maine — If all goes to plan, the town’s Soldier’s Monument, which has stood sentry at Hermon Corner since 1901, will be moved to its new home in the week ahead.
Town Manager Clinton Deschene announced Friday that the town has signed a contract with Thomas DiCenzo Inc. and other subcontractors to move the monument from its location at the corner of Billings Road and Route 2 to the Hermon Veterans Memorial Park in front of Hermon Elementary School.
He said the move is expected to take place next week if weather conditions allow.
The move is the result of several years’ worth of discussion as well as a lengthy decision-making process that included public meetings and a survey, Deschene said.
Residents made the final decision in June when they voted 610-526 in favor of relocating the monument, erected in honor of the town’s Civil War veterans, to the memorial park.
Though controversial, the repositioning is expected to help simplify planned improvements at the intersection of Billings Road and Route 2, where the monument now stands, Deschene said in an interview a few months ago. He said the town set aside $6,500 for the move.
The veterans park houses another stone monument dedicated to those who are serving or have served in the military, as well as a gazebo. Deschene said that the site picked out for the Soldier’s Monument eventually will be landscaped and that a wrought-iron fence much like the one that originally surrounded the structure will be installed.
According to a listing of Civil War monuments on the state of Maine’s website, the Soldier’s Monument was installed in 1901 and was made from granite obtained from a local quarry. It cost $905.88, $500 of which was contributed by the town and the rest by the local chapter of the Women’s Relief Corps.