NORTH ATTLEBORO — Local police have issued a police patch to honor veterans and to raise money to build a local Iraq-Afghanistan war memorial.
The patches are being sold by local police and the North Attleboro Police Patrol Officers Association for a $10 donation on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Officer Kristine Crosman said all the proceeds from the sale of the patch will be donated to the North Attleboro Veteran Service Department to assist in the building of a local Iraq-Afghanistan war memorial.
The patches are available at the front desk at the police station on South Washington Street.
North Attleboro officers Sgt. Denis Donovan and Craig Chapman are veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Officer John Chamberlin, a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, has just been deployed overseas for the next year.
But Crosman said the patches, designed in olive green, brown and tan camouflage, are meant to honor all veterans for keeping the country safe.
“We wanted to honor them,” Crosman said.
Police Chief John Reilly is “very supportive” of the patch and the two previous patches the department issued to support charitable causes, Crosman said.
In October, the police union issued patches to raise awareness about breast cancer and donated $1,500 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In April, a patch to raise awareness about autism enabled police to donate $1,500 to Community Autism Resources, an organization that works with families with individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Crosman said police hope to raise $1,500 to go towards paying for a memorial.
Donovan, an Army veteran in the 1991 Gulf War during Operation Desert Storm, said, “I think it’s a really good idea.”
Donovan said it would be great to have a local war memorial to honor the veterans who have fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He said it could go in Barrows Park, near the police station, where there are memorials to Vietnam war veterans and Desert Storm veterans.
“I think they should be represented in the park. I’m all for it,” Donovan said.
Donovan said there is $3,000 in an account left over from the Desert Storm memorial which he said can be donated to help build the new memorial for the second Iraq War veterans and Afghanistan war veterans.
America’s service men and women fought two wars in Iraq, the 1991 Gulf War and the invasion in Iraq in 2003.
The war in Afghanistan, which started in 2001 after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, is America’s longest war.