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City of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, the Departments of Art, Culture + Tourism and City Archives invite you to visit Honoring Our Neighborhood Heroes: The Stories Behind Providence’s Commemorative Places, the newest exhibit in the Gallery at City Hall on view from November 7th – December 9th with a special opening reception at Providence City Hall hosted by MAYOR TAVERAS on NOVEMBER 7th from 3pm – 5pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Memorial squares, public monuments, schools, and public parks throughout the city are named after local veterans – many who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Honoring Our Neighborhood Heroes: The Stories Behind Providence’s Commemorative Places shares the stories of the servicemen honored by these public monuments and memorials. During the opening reception for the exhibit, Mayor Taveras will launch Providence’s Veterans Recognition Days.
In remembering the lives of a sampling of local veterans, the exhibit raises awareness of the veterans’ legacy and the civic pride manifest by memorializing their contributions to our country’s history in our public spaces.
Memorial squares are very much the product of a particular time and place. Championed by family and friends of veterans, very little information has been preserved in the City Archives about many of the individuals honored by these memorials. The exhibit is an opportunity to make an updated, comprehensive listing of their locations throughout the city available. Paul Campbell, City Archivist, invites the family of veterans honored by a memorial square to make an appointment to share their loved ones story.