Senator Eric P. Lesser was joined by Representative Thomas Petrolati, Ludlow Selectmen Derek DeBarge, and Veterans Service Officer Eric Segundo to announce $20,000 in state funding for improvements to the Town of Ludlow’s Veterans Memorial on Wednesday September 7, 2016.
The funding was announced following Senator Lesser’s successful amendment to the FY’17 state budget, which was signed into law by Governor Baker in August.
“Ludlow’s men and women have proudly answered the call to serve throughout our nations history. These funds will ensure the town’s veterans memorial is well maintained and honors Ludlow’s sacrifices for our freedom,” Senator Lesser said. “I’m particularly thankful for the efforts of Eric Segundo who has worked tirelessly on behalf of all of Ludlow’s veterans.”
“I would like to personally thank Senator Lesser and Representative Petrolati on their efforts to acquire funding to complete our Veterans Memorial here in Ludlow,” said Ludlow Veteran Service Officer Eric Segundo. “We continue to honor the service and sacrifice of our heroes who have served our country honorably”
The funding will enable the Town of Ludlow to complete the installation of name-plates and benches for quiet reflection. The memorial will also feature several decorative plantings.
Senator Lesser serves on the Joint Legislative Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. During this legislative session, Senator Lesser was a co-sponsor of the Stolen Valor Act which created a criminal penalty for the false impersonation of a military officer. Senator Lesser has also led efforts in the Senate to preserve veteran’s monuments around Massachusetts.