UPDATE: Traffic Barrel Covers Seekonk Veterans Statue
Board of Selectmen Chair Francis Cavaco says it looks tacky.
Update 11:45 a.m. Board of Selectmen Chair Francis Cavaco contacted Patch to say his comment on Thursday that the Department of Public Works was responsible for putting the barrel on the statue was incorrect.
"The information that I received was in error, and it had come from reliable sources," Cavaco said.
Update 10:10 a.m. Seekonk Veterans Agent Seth Bai posted a message on Seekonk Patch taking blame for the barrel on the statue.
The D.P.W. is not to be blamed for this mishap. I had informed the D.P.W. that I needed a Barrel to conceal the monument. I had said I purchased a Patriotic-Banner to wrap around the Barrel to present and unveil the monument at the ceremony on Saturday morning during the groundbreaking. There was absolutley no disrespect intended by any participants. Lets move on from this topic so that we can still admire & celebrate tomorrows Veterans Day Observance. ~ Thank You, Seth Bai ( Veterans Service Officer)
As of this morning, the barrel is no longer on the statue. It is standing next to the statue with a red, white and blue banner stating "2012 Veterans Day."
A new statue in front of Seekonk Town Hall meant to honor veterans is featuring an unusual accessory. A traffic barrel with reflective orange sheeting was placed over the statue Thursday, shielding most of it. A source told Patch late Thursday night that the barrel had been removed.
Board of Selectmen Chair Francis Cavaco told Seekonk Patch the decision to cover the statue was made by Public Works Department officials as a way to prevent people from walking into it at night. He said he would not have chosen to do this.
"It looks tacky," Cavaco said. "I would have put barrels around the statue."
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A dedication of the statue will take place Saturday during a veterans ceremony that is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.