WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Eagle Scout candidate Liam Prigmore (Troop 56) is raising funds to install an Honor Roll Memorial at the Wilmington Town Common.
Prigmore, a Senior at Austin Prep, recently spoke to the Wilmington Board of Selectmen, which offered their support of the project.
“For my project, I wanted to do something that was really meaningful to me, so I approached Mr. Cimaglia and the Department of Veterans Services back in the spring. One of the ideas we had that really stuck with me was an Honor Roll Memorial, a list of all the service members from the Town of Wilmington who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” Prigmore told the Board.
Prigmore worked with Skylight Studios to create the monument’s design. There will be 32 names on a bronze plaque on a bolder secured with a cement base. It will read “Wilmington Honor Roll.” A quote from FDR will be at the bottom of the plaque: “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”
“I think this project is a really good things for our community right now. It’ll bring people together. I think it says a lot about the country that we have people willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for it,” remarked Prigmore.
The monument will be located directly on the other side of the existing memorial.
Prigmore is looking to raise $6,700 to cover the cost of the bronze plaque. He recently launched a GoFundMe page HERE for residents to donate. He will also be approaching local businesses. The town is donating the stone, which was secured by Jerry Lawrenson.
“You’re a very impressive young man,” responded Selectmen Chair Jonathan Eaton. “This is a fantastic idea.”
“Liam is a good kid who thought of this project on his own,” added Veterans Services Director Lou Cimaglia. “He’s going to see it through. I’m really proud of him. I can’t say enough good things about this young man. The way the world is today — Wilmington is going to be erecting a monument. It speaks volumes of this man’s character and I’m proud to play a small part in this project.”
“Really, really impressed with you, Liam,” said Selectman Greg Bendel. “Most kids your age are balancing your remote school work and watching Netflix, and here you are trying to find to honor our fallen heroes.”
The monument is slated to be unveiled at the Town’s Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11, 2020.