Rededication ceremony held for Claudio Monument

October 28, 2013 by  

The Pfc. Manuel F. Claudio Monument was officially rededicated recently at Bicentennial Park in Fall River. No doubt poster printing was used to announce the new location of this monument, as it had been lost for seven years and relocated twice due to road construction.

Pfc. Manuel F. Claudio was the uncle of Claudette Claudio, and was just four years old when Claudette was killed in action at the age of 26 after stepping on a landmine during the Second World War. The family spent 11 years raising funds to create the 12-foor tall granite monument, which is now located near the World War II replica monument facing toward the Taunton River.

According to the director of veterans’ services, Raymond Hague, the first dedication of the monument occurred in 1958 and then again in 1970. It became hidden in overgrown vegetation and was found by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation when it needed to make way to accommodate some demolition work of the spaghetti ramps located in the area. Hague and Claudette worked together with a committee to find a new home for the monument.

Raymond Mitchell, the City Councilor, said Pfc. Manuel F. Claudio is one of many heroes in Fall River who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Thomas Hodgson, Sheriff for Bristol County, expressed his hopes that people will now stop at the monument and recognize it as a tribute not just to Claudio, but to others who have made a similar sacrifice.