Amesbury Doughboy Statue To Be Rededicated After $20,000 Restoration

AMESBURY (AP) – Amesbury’s famous Doughboy statue is being rededicated after a $20,000 restoration project.

The ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at the middle school.

The statue of the World War I U.S. soldier and the accompanying veterans’ memorial were originally dedicated in 1929, but had fallen into disrepair.

The Newburyport Daily News reports that the Amesbury Veterans’ Memorials Restoration Committee’s efforts to fix it up were boosted by an anonymous $7,000 donation and two $3,000 donations from local banks.

The Doughboy was sculpted by Leonard Craske, who is also known for sculpting the Gloucester Fishermen’s Memorial, more popularly known as “The Man at the Wheel.”

Mayor Ken Gray and state lawmakers who represent the area are among those scheduled to attend.

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