Wellesley has been making plans to mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War one by sprucing up Memorial Grove and adding a new bench to honor residents who died in the Great War. The Grove is located near the small parking lot that serves the track, football, field, and Fuller Brook Park.
Here are some pics of the project,
326 Wellesley residents out of a town population of 6,000 served in the war. A granite bench overlooking the State Street Pond honors them. The pond was dredged and refurbished in 2015 as part of the Fuller Brook Park project.
As you circle the bench, each side is engraved. In all, it reads, “Honoring Wellesley residents who gave their lives and those who served in the Great War, World War I, 1917 – 1918. In 1968 on the 50th anniversary of the war, a stone was placed in the grove. The engraving says, “In memory of Wellesley servicemen who died in World War I.” The names of the six servicemen who died are listed on the stone. They are: Raymond J. Moore; Patrick O’Donahue; Franklin Temple Ingraham; James C. Glencross; Texas Burton
A plaque explains the meaning behind Memorial Grove. A dedication ceremony for the grove will be held on May 19, 3:30pm, during Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend. Check out this wonderful youtube video about Memorial Grove. The Swellesley Report editor Bob Brown was part of the video’s production team. Props are given to Tory DeFazio, the guiding light behind this project. Members of the Wellesley Celebrations Committee and Wellesley American Legion Post #72: l. to r., Tory DeFazio, John Saunders, Carl Nelson, Peter Jones and Lindsay Ellms in front of the new granite bench in Memorial Grove honoring all who served in World War I. Photo via Wellesley NRC.