Infantryman returns

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Town officials and spectators gather around the newly restored Civil War statue in front of Memorial Hall.

Town officials and spectators gather around the newly restored Civil War statue in front of Memorial Hall.

Canton history came to life on Veterans Day, November 11, as the town returned its Civil War soldier to its rightful place in front of Memorial Hall. Gifted to the town in 1890, the seven-foot-tall, cast-zinc statue known as Infantryman had been badly damaged as the result of a teenage prank in 1968 and was subsequently moved inside Town Hall after being pieced back together by Canton resident Ernest Ciccotelli in the late 1970s. Thirty-five years later, the statue is now fully restored and back atop its pedestal, thanks to the efforts of Canton Veterans Agent Tony Andreotti and the generosity of the town through its newly established Community Preservation Act fund.

More than 50 people turned out for Tuesday’s dedication ceremony, which featured remarks by Andreotti, Canton historian and Citizen columnist George Comeau, and Selectman Avril Elkort. Following his remarks, Comeau recited a poem that had been written by Charlotte Endicott of Canton in 1882, entitled Ode to the Grand Army of the Republic, and concluded by reading the names of 30 Canton soldiers who perished during the Civil War.

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