THANK YOU, WORCESTER MAYOR JOSEPH PETTY and CITY MANAGER ED AUGUSTUS!😌 … and … Worcester WW II Vets of Color Remembered💐

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CM Augustus in the blue shirt

Photos by Ron O’Clair

THANK YOU, WORCESTER MAYOR JOSEPH PETTY and CITY MANAGER ED AUGUSTUS for joining the hundreds who gathered on the Worcester Common to denounce the murder last week of the civil rights activist at the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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WORCESTER stands against RACISM/WHITE SUPREMECY! – Rose T.

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Worcester Honor Roll of Colored Veterans Update

Text and photos by Ron O’Clair

In an ongoing and seemingly exceedingly lengthy process, the long awaited restoration of the Worcester Honor Roll of Colored Veterans that was taken down from its perch at Belmont and Clayton streets entered another period of debate and delay this week.

The time taken to make this happen seems excessive to supporters like myself.

Here are some photographs of a few of the many people who spoke on the delay in honoring our Veterans of Color at a recent public hearing at Worcester City Hall – the Veterans Subcommittee meeting.

The first two pictures show Marine Veteran Mr. Toney of the Toney family of Worcester which was actually reduced by the loss of three of Mr. Toney’s brothers in World War II, in the ultimate sacrifice for their city of Worcester and the Union itself.

I commend the Toney Family for their commitment to our continued prosperity and freedom by virtue of those unfortunate and untimely deaths. May they be honored for eternity, Amen.

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Mr. Toney

Next up was the “new and improved” (he lost a lot of weight – great job, Billy!) Bill Coleman, urging the earliest possible action, as there are only two surviving WW II Veterans of the original Honorees.

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Bill Coleman

Bill said he and other people don’t want the old veterans exposed to harsh weather if there are more delays and a winter re-dedication of the memorial is planned.

The next photo is of Holy Cross college Professor Thomas Doughton who was the first to speak and had a lot to say about the issue.

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Thomas Doughton

His passion was obvious! He wanted the delays resolved quickly!

The last photograph actually is unrelated but shows the early work of Esther Howland who invented the Valentine Card in Worcester many years ago. Aother Worcester contribution to world peace and love …

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A City Hall Chamber is named after her❤.