Date Of Visit: October 14, 2017
Location: Main St, Greenfield, MA (next to the Town Hall Annex at 253 Main St) (45 minutes north of Springfield, MA)
Hours: open daily, 24 hours a day
Parking: There is a good amount of metered street parking near the memorial park
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: memorials, mural, sculptures
It would be easy to miss the grand memorial at Veterans Memorial. Couched in between the busy downtown business district, the memorial is almost an after thought, if you’re not expecting to see it. I had to make a quick stop and scramble for parking at the last moment as I had already driven by it when my passenger brought it to my attention.
Located in the bustling Main St in downtown Greenfield, Veterans Mall is truly a hidden gem.Tucked away between the various retailers in the busy business district, Veterans Mall includes a mural and numerous war and veteran memorials.
The mural located at Veterans Mall includes images and symbols of Greenfield and the surrounding area such as Poets Tower and Greenfield Covered Bridge.
One of the cool aspects of the mural are the symbols around the border and in the mural that are indicative of the area such as the corn that is planted and farmed at the local farms. There are also symbols that are common in any area across the area, the crazy weather we have(symbolized by the wind blowing its cold air) and symbols that are common across the nation such as children trick-or-treating.
The mural was repainted April 28, 2017 after 27 years. Below is a photo of what it looked like before it was painted over.
As if this wasn’t enough, there are several other war memorials at Veterans Mall.
This monument, dedicated to the people of Greenfield who served their country during the Vietnam War, has the name of every person from Greenfield who was killed in this war. It’s hard not to tear up or take a deep breath while reading all of those names. It will stop you cold and ground you to see the list of all of those lives cut short.
The Greenfield War Memorial, sculpted by Homer Gunn in 1965, sits in the center of the memorial park. The sculpture is meant to give a message of peace
Apparently, it also acts as a home for some of the residents of the area.
A lot has changed since these memorials were first installed in the area. Below is a photo of the two memorials from an earlier time, presumably when it was first dedicated over some 50 years ago.
The memorial located next to the Vietnam War Memorial is a memorial to the veterans of World War I
Where there was once a pool of water stands a pine tree dedicated to the all of the women veterans of all wars.
Directly across from the War Memorial is another memorial by Homer Gunn. This serpentine memorial is meant to chronicle the history of warfare during the 20th century. The memorial shows soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines in an array of different activities and using a variety of different weapons, machines and vehicles from different eras. There are also shapes of geographic regions where they fought.
The park is a wonderful destination for all, even four legged visitors. Watson is a 12 year old mixed breed rescue.