By Eileen H. Merullo
At last year’s Memorial Day services, I read aloud some of the names of men from Revere who served and died in World War II. It brought back memories of boys whom I danced with at Spanish Gables, ice skated with on Olive Street “Pits", and swam at Revere Beach with, in my younger days.
I thought, how wonderfully reading the names refreshed my memories. And then, I wonder if my sister, Lois Haydock, or my cousin, Elinor Dillon, or the other 141 Revere women veterans, who also served during WWII, would ever be remembered for their service.
That’s how the thought of a Women’s Memorial began.
So I spoke to Nick Bua, the City’s Veterans Office Director, Mayor Dan Rizzo, and the wonderful veterans’ representative at the Senior Center, Morris Morris. They all thought that it was a great idea to have a memorial for Revere women who served in WWII.
The ground work is started, the style and shape of the memorial stone is selected, the place where is will reside is decided (the lawn at the American Legion), and now all that is left to do is to ask the residents of Revere and neighboring cities and states for donations.
Any amount, no matter how small will be gratefully appreciated. Checks can be made out to Revere Women’s Veterans WWII Memorial, c/o People’s United Bank, 310 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151.