Hermon veterans monument starts move to new site today

Posted Dec. 07, 2010, at 11:01 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — Barring bad weather, the town’s Soldier’s Monument, which has stood sentry at Hermon Corner since 1901, will be moved to its new home this week.

The monument relocation was scheduled to begin Tuesday but was postponed until 9 a.m. Wednesday because of Monday’s storm.

Town Manager Clinton Deschene said earlier that the town has hired Thomas DiCenzo Inc. to move the monument from its location at the corner of Billings Road and U.S. Route 2 to the Hermon Veterans Memorial Park in front of Hermon Elementary School.

The first step was taken last month, when a foundation was completed. The move itself is expected to take up to two days, Deschene said Tuesday in a news release.

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 over the summer.

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 noted. 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.

According to a listing of Civil War monuments on the state of Maine 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.

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