World War I Memorial is unveiled at East Providence's Ancient Little Neck Cemetery

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The city formally unveiled its long forgotten and hidden World War I Memorial plaque Sunday morning, May 18, at its new home of the Ancient Little Neck Cemetery in Riverside.

Ward 4 City Councilor Chrissy Rossi, in whose district the cemetery is situated, presided over the ceremony and spoke of the process of refurbishing the monument, which lay docile in the City Hall for several decided.

The memorial was originally hung on the entrance to City Hall during the 1920s where it remained until fire destroyed the City Hall in 1976.

The brass memorial plaque was salvaged but unfortunately, the plaque was never reattached to the new City Hall and remained in the building’s basement for many years. While reorganizing records in the basement in preparation for a display in the lobby on the Ancient Little Neck Cemetery, the City Clerk uncovered the lost treasure hidden behind several old framed prints.

State Representative Gregg Amore, of District 65 including Riverside, attended as well and spoke. State Senator David Bates, who represented the section of the city in District 32, also attended. In addition, the East Providence Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors, a cannon was fired and representatives from the American Legion and other veterans also gathered.

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