This was first written about on Fall River-tastic and has now made its way to the pages of the Herald News. When I first read Shamrock's post my reaction was that this was in extremely poor taste and that now that attention has been called to it, the city would have to rectify the situation. After all you can't take away the honor of a dedication away from someone who served and died for his country. Right?
So, I read the Herald News article expecting to see quotes from various city officials explaining this as an oversight and offering to restore the Square to Corporal Miller. Perhaps, the city would relocate Miller's memorial to Kennedy Park or down toward the Iwo Jima statue. Certainly there would be some effort to make right of this. But no!
“people weren’t volunteering to keep it up. Actually, it’s a benefit people
can pay respects to his stone and to McGovern’s, and it will be well taken care
of.” - City Councilor Pat Casey
“The McGovern family brought out what was there and made it look really
nice,” - Spokeswoman for Mayor Correia, Ines Leite
“They made it a better place and I think it’s still called ‘Miller Square’ as far as I know… If it was Miller Square, it will always be Miller Square. I don’t think they’ve done anything disrespectful.” - former
mayor, Dan Bogan
Instead I read comments that basically say, 'yeah we dedicated it to McGovern, but it looks better now' What?!
Wasn't it the city's responsibility to maintain and upkeep Miller Green? Are we simply dedicating things so the city doesn't have to maintain them? Are we now honoring only those whose families will maintain the spot?
Is former Mayor Carlton Viveiros sweeping the sidewalks in front of 'his' school? Is the Fonseca family washing windows on Sunday? Should we dedicate a Square to Ed Lambert or Rename Plymouth Avenue Karam Boulevard in hopes that those individuals will now take on the burden of upkeep? Let's rename Government Center and call it the Anthony Cordeiro Center of Government and get him to pick up the tab on its remodel.
By all accounts the Paul K. McGovern Square looks better now. And is should, because for years the city neglected it, the way they're now neglecting the memory of Corporal David L. Miller, the man it was originally dedicated to.