"New Hampshire Massachusetts Rhode IslandThis Revolutionary War memorial honors the patriots from Franklin whojoined in the fight that won independence and led to the birth of theUnited States of America1775 - 1783 "
"The Spanish American War
April 21, 1898
In remembrance of
the men of Franklin who volunteered to serve
in the war against Spain because of
Conflict of Spanish policies threatening the United States power in the western hemisphere
Mysterious sinking of the U.S. battleship "Maine" in Havana harbor
Inhuman treatment of the Cuban people by the Spanish military
Great loss of American investments in Cuba"
"World War II7 December 1941 31 December 1945Dedicated to the honor and sacrifice ofthe men and women of Franklinwho answered their country's callwhen hostile nations made unprovokedattacks upon free nations of this worldDedicated 11 November 1978"
"VietNam Conflict5 August 1964 7 May 1975Dedicated by the people of Franklin to honorthose who served their county during hositilities in VietNamWe commemorate and shall remember the unconquerable spiritof those who died in the glory of their youth.Dedocated 11 November 1978"
"Korean Conflict25 June 1955 31 January 1955Dedicated tothe men and women of Franklinwho served their country when thedemocracy of a free people was threatened.Dedicated 11 November 1978"
"Persian Gulf WarIn honor of the men and womenfrom Franklin, who served bravelyand with pride, in the Persian Gulf War.January 16, 1996 February 28, 1991""Operation Enduring FreedomAfghanistanDedicated to the men and women of Franklinwho served their country in the War on Terrorand the pursuit of peace7 October 2001Dedicated Memorial Day 2009"
I have little need to research and write about the fallen veterans of Franklin, because the effort has already been made by a few dedicated local citizens. Back in 2010, Rose Turco and Councilor Tina Powderly acted on a desire to remember the fallen of World War II. The collaborative result was that a number of Franklin citizens got together to research all of the fallen and then publish their information at www.FranklinMatter.org
And the work didn't stop there. Their ad hoc group begain to raise thousands of dollars to place a memorial marker on the streets near the last home of the dead soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen. If every small town and city in America took this much time to learn and promote the history of our veterans I would not have to continue with the Ride Around America project. I'm impressed. Thank you, Ladies, for your work to remember and honor the veterans of your town.