Town Council last night unanimously endorsed the Franklin Veterans Iraq/Afghanistan Monument Committee's proposal to erect a memorial on the Town Common.
The endorsement is subject to the council's final approval of the monument layout, which Veterans Agent Robert Fahey said will not displace existing war monuments.
The names of Lance Cpl. Shayne Cabino, a Franklin youth killed in action Oct. 6, 2005, and Staff Sgt. Robert Pirelli, a Franklin resident killed in action Aug. 15, 2007, will be engraved on a bronze plaque with a statement honoring all those who have served in Iraq.
On the monument's rear face, another bronze plaque will honor those who served in Afghanistan. It would include names of anyone from Franklin killed in action there if that were to happen.
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I have lived in the Town of Franklin for 29 years. I raised all my children in this town. Brandi, Justin, Billy, Shayne and Zachary. I made this choice almost 30 years ago to give them a hometown. A place they could always come back to, a place that would bring smiles and treasured memories to their minds. Everywhere you go in this town, I see facets of all their lives, of Shayne's life. Moments, treasured memories.ReplyDelete
As little boys they rode their bikes through the common (back in the day when you could) during feast of St Rocco's and the July 4th parades. As little boys, with a princess in tow, we walked around the different monuments and talked about the brave soldiers and read their names. Shayne left for training to become a Marine from this town. He left for Iraq from this town. When he was killed in Iraq, they sent him back to me, to this town. He lived, he loved, he played in this town.
To the Town of Franklin, on behalf of my son and our family, I would like to say thank you. This monument represents another small piece of America that my Shayne and Robbie have earned the right to have, and more than deserve.
Thank you for honoring them.
Jodi Cabino Cipriano,
LCPL Shayne Cabino,19,KIA Al Karmah, Iraq 10-06-05