FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jen Glockner
PITTSFIELD, MA –The City of Pittsfield, in partnership with the Vietnam Veterans of America James E. Callahan Berkshire County Chapter 65 announce the unveiling of a new mural Lest We Forget 1961-1975, honoring and remembering Berkshire County’s Vietnam Veteran’s Killed in Action. The mural is located on the north side of the Intertek Building at 50 Pearl Street in Pittsfield.
The new mural was painted by Ghi Sign Company based in Canaan, Connecticut referencing an original depiction by artist Daniel O’Connell in 1991. It was certified by Hill-Engineers, Architects, Planners, Inc. The original scene was erected on the building located at 101 First Street. Subsequently, due to natural wear, the original scene was re-created and moved to West Housatonic Street in 2004.
The unveiling ceremony featured remarks from Fran Tremblay of the Vietnam Veterans of America James E. Callahan Berkshire County Chapter 65, local dignitaries, the posting of colors and reading the names of those Berkshire County Vietnam Veterans who were killed in action.
This version of the mural was certified funded in partnership with: building owners James and Margaret Beauregard; the City of Pittsfield; Vietnam Veterans of America James E. Callahan Berkshire County Chapter 65, with a special thanks to Fran Tremblay, Peter Blake, Tyrone Belanger, Larry Caprari and Henry Morris; along with grants from the following organizations: Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) Veterans Heritage Grants; the Pittsfield Cultural Council through Artscape; General Dynamics Mission Systems and the Pittsfield Community Preservation Act.
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