What is the Adopt-a-Memorial Program?
The Adopt-a-Memorial program provides the opportunity for anyone who wants to express their appreciation for the sacrifices made by our veterans to do so through this Program. Patriotic community groups, veteran service organizations, businesses, families or individuals, can volunteer their time and take an active role in the improvement, beautification and maintenance of the City’s Veteran’s Memorials. This will fulfill the intended purpose and spirit of these memorials, which is to honor and recognize the men and women who have served honorably in the U.S. military. Adopters can work on a variety of projects to improve their adopted memorial including planting, mulching and maintaining flower beds, maintaining and caring for Memorial structures, cleaning up litter, reporting vandalism, and generally making sure the Memorial site is in good order. Some adopters may also include small American flags which will be provided by the Soldier’s Memorial Commission in conjunction with the City Veteran’s Services Department.
The Adopt-a-Memorial Program is a collaborative effort between the Holyoke Soldier’s Memorial Commission and individuals or organizations to improve and maintain our City Veteran’s Memorials. The Holyoke Soldier’s Memorial Commission manages the program in conjunction with the City Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of Public Works. Individuals or groups wishing to Adopt-A-Memorial may contact the Soldier’s Memorial Commission Chairman via email at commissioner.holyoke.org or a Commissioner via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A Commissioner will work to identify an available Memorial and review the adoption plan customized by you or your group. A minimum commitment of two years, with at least three cleanups per year will be requested. Memorial adopters can plan a schedule that fits their needs, but must contact their Commission contact at least one week in advance to identify any particular improvement projects for their adopted Memorial.
How the Adopt-a-Memorial program works
The Adopt-a-Memorial Program allows individuals, businesses and organizations to show pride in their community by taking an active role in the upkeep and improvements of our Veteran Memorials. Volunteers work with the Soldier’s Memorial Commission in selecting a Memorial that may be adopted and then work to keep that memorial area beautiful by planting flowers or low growing shrubs, planning clean-up days and other maintenance activities and reporting vandalism or damage. We ask for a minimum commitment of two years of service and in return you or your group or business will receive recognition from the City with the placement of a sign with the name of the adopting individual, or groups acknowledging their work at the assigned Memorial. The sign also serves as a visible statement of their ongoing commitment to maintaining the Memorial.
The City of Holyoke provides:
· Bark or wood chip mulch for the Memorial. If the memorial has been approved for bark mulch and is requested by the memorial adopter your Commission Point of Contact (POC) will call the Department of Public Works for mulch delivery.
· A small sign for the Memorial identifying the sponsor. Coordinate with you Commission POC.
· Pickup of paper type recycling bags. When doing spring or fall cleanup, put leaves and dead plants and other organic debris in the large paper recycling bags. Important! Do not mix trash, paper, bottles, dirt etc. and do not use plastic bags. Contact your Commission POC for pickup.
As part of the application, adopters will be asked to provide a detailed description and / or layout of the plantings planned for the Memorial. The assignment of memorials will be on a 1st come, 1st serve basis, with adopters from the previous year given 1st option on re-adopting their same space for the following year. Adopters plant and maintain their Memorial through the 1st frost. Adopters must agree to closely monitor their Memorial throughout the year for weeds and the need for any clean up. Any plantings that die must be replaced or removed. Planting areas must be weeded and all debris removed at the end of the season. Adopters will be responsible for watering their space.
For more information or to inquire if a Memorial you would like to adopt is available, contact the Soldier’s Memorial Commission. If the Adopt-a-Memorial program is something you’d be interested in, fill out an Adopt-a-Memorial Application and email the completed application to the Soldier’s Memorial Commission. We also have additional information concerning which Memorials have been adopted and those still available.
Why should I adopt?
The benefits of becoming a part of the Adopt-a-Memorial Program are numerous. By working on a Memorial, you will be able to feel more connected and engaged to the local veteran community and take pride in knowing that your work is making a difference in your own backyard. By working with others to improve your adopted memorial, you can strengthen your organization through community service and team building, while accomplishing something positive.
What is expected of the adopters?
Adopters who chose to partake in the Adopt-a-Memorial Program are expected to play an active role in the upkeep and improvements of their adopted Memorial. As adopters, you will be able to keep your designated Memorial beautiful by planting flowers, planning clean-up days and other maintenance activities and reporting vandalism or damage. You purchase the plants and take care of planting, fertilizing, watering and upkeep of the Memorial. You also have to make arrangements for any additional loam if required.
How often should Adopt-a-Memorial Services occur?
Service within your Adopted Memorial should occur at a minimum of three times each year, preferably one time in the spring, summer and fall, however you can spend as much additional time as you like maintaining your adopted memorial.
The Soldier’s Memorial Commission will contact the sponsor of a Memorial that is poorly maintained. If the poor maintenance continues, the sponsor will receive a warning and be told the Memorial will be provided to another sponsor if maintenance fails to improve.
How do I adopt?
If the memorial of your choice is not adopted you can fill out an Adopt-a-Memorial Application Form and email it to the Soldier’s Memorial Commission. Feel free to request further clarity if needed about the Adopt-a-Memorial Program. Adoptable memorials are assigned on a first come-first served basis. A two year commitment is requested when adopting a Memorial.
What should I do if our group contact changes?
If for any reason your group contact changes, please email the Soldier’s Memorial Commission with the new contact’s name, address and phone number.
Crosier Field - Long known as "Soldier's Field", it was renamed and dedicated as Crosier Field on Armistice (Veteran's) Day, 1939, in memory of the late Major William J. Crosier. Monument GPS Located on Northampton St and Mackintosh Terrace. Coordinates: N 42011.933' W 072037.855"
Ex-Prisoners of War - At the Small Island on Westfield Road in Memory of all Prisoners of War. Monument GPS Coordinates: N42011.701' W072038.111'
Mackenzie Field - Mackenzie was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism on the U.S.S. Remlick, December 17, 1917. Monument GPS Coordinates: N 42012'01.64” W 072037'20.06'
McNally Field - The West Street/Ward One Playground was renamed and dedicated in memory of Sergeant William J. McNally. He was killed in action in June of 1918 while serving in France. Located at 45 Winter Street. Monument GPS Coordinates: N 42012.131' W 072035.900'
Mitchell Field - Edwin J. Mitchell 1887-1913, Killed in Oise-Aisne France. Located at the Rotary at Muller Bridge. Monument GPS Coordinates: N 42012.715' W 072036.783'
Sheard Park - Named in honor of Holyoke Army serviceman Lt. William "Bill" J. Sheard, who died in action in World War II December 21, 1944. Marker is at the intersection of Jackson Street and Maple Street, on the right when traveling east on Jackson Street. Monument GPS Coordinates: N 42011.920' W 072037.066' General Tadeusz Kosciuszko Park and Gold Star Mothers Monument - Tadeusz Kosciuszko was born in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. He participated in the American Revolution against the British. The Monument is located at 151-173 Lyman Street. GPS Coordinates: N 42012.590' W 072036.342'
Adopt-a-Memorial Program Application Form
Organization or Applicants Name: ____________________________________________________
Cell Phone Number: ________________________ E-Mail:________________________________
Project Point Person: ______________________________________________________________
Cell Phone Number: ________________________ E-Mail:________________________________
Please identify which available Memorial you would like to adopt.
What name or inscription would you like to appear on the Adopt-a-Memorial Memorial sign?
Please attach a sketch plan (use the reverse) for the enhancements/plantings you propose to make to the Memorial. (Please provide as much detail as possible).
Upon adoption, financial responsibility for the upkeep of the Memorial, including perennials, shrubs, watering and maintenance will be solely that of the adopter. Additionally, the Commission asks that all participants in the program agree to plant and maintain their designated Memorial in compliance with the guidelines. File completed applications with the Holyoke Soldier’s Memorial Commission at 310 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA.
The Adopt-a-Memorial Program allows individuals, businesses and organizations to show pride in their community by taking an active role in the upkeep and improvements of our Veteran’s Memorials. Thank you for your interest in our Adopt-a-Memorial Program. When your application is approved, you will be notified. Upon your receipt of it, your group may begin caring for your designated Memorial. After approval please contact us with your plans for your first group activity.
Statement of Agreement: As a representative of this group or organization, I have read and agree to abide by the policies a recommendations as specified. I understand that the Soldier’s Memorial Commission will make the final determination as to whether a group can participate and their Memorial assignment. Finally, I understand all of the rules of the Adopt-a-Memorial Program and the policies of the Soldier’s Memorial Commission and failure to uphold these guidelines will jeopardize my group’s involvement in the Adopt-a-Memorial Program.
Printed Name ____________________________________________________________________
Signature Participant/Group Contact