LYNNFIELD – House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones Jr. (R-North Reading) and state Sen. Brendan P. Crighton (D-Lynn) have secured $100,000 in state funding to help pay for Lynnfield’s new war memorial and improvements to the Town Common.
The funding was included as part of the $48.1 billion fiscal year 2022 state budget that was enacted by the House and Senate on July 9 and is now before Gov. Charlie Baker for his review. The budget represents a compromise spending plan that reconciles the differences between earlier versions of the budget approved by the House in April and the Senate in May.
Included in the budget is a $50,000 earmark to assist the town in constructing a new war memorial on the green space adjacent to South Common Street, across from the Town Common and near the town’s existing veterans memorial. Another $50,000 has been allocated to assist with the continued improvements being made to Lynnfield’s Town Common.
The new memorial will highlight all of the country’s major wars from the Revolutionary War to the present day and will be inscribed with the names of the local men and women who served in those wars. It will serve as a teaching memorial to help educate residents and visitors about Lynnfield’s history and the sacrifices of the town’s residents who have served in the U.S. military.
“The FY22 budget funds two important local initiatives for Lynnfield, including a new war memorial honoring the town’s veterans and improvements to the Town Common for the enjoyment of all residents,” said Jones. “Senator Crighton and I had advocated for these two projects on Lynnfield’s behalf, and I’m pleased we were able to work together to ensure that they were both retained in the final spending bill.”
“I am grateful to have worked with Rep. Jones to secure funding for these projects that celebrate our history and honor our veterans,” said Crighton. “I look forward to visiting the new war memorial and the improved Town Common.”
Baker has until July 19 to review the budget and issue any vetoes.