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Worcester considers changing war memorial eligibility

March 30, 2019

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts city is considering changing eligibility requirements to be listed on its war memorials.

Currently, to be listed on a Worcester memorial, veterans must have been killed in action, lost at sea or be declared missing in action.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that the City Council Veterans’ and Military Affairs Committee heard recently from the nephew of a World War II veteran who died about two months after he was injured in combat in April 1945.

Dan McManus said he was “very disappointed” to find his uncle’s name omitted from the city’s World War II memorial.

In response, the committee endorsed a change to allow those who died within 120 days of being injured in combat to be listed.

The proposal goes before the full council on Tuesday.

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