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VIDEO: Throngs Rally in Support of War Memorial

Mayor Fontaine speaks about history of Place Jolicoeur Monument.

Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine told a crowd of more than a thousand people about the history of the Place Jolicoeur Memorial Wednesday afternoon.

The crowd gathered at Woonsocket Fire Department Headquarters for a rally organized to answer a challenge demanding removal of religious symbols from the Place Jolicoeur memorial and Fire Department website.

WPRO's John DePetro was the master of ceremonies for a long list of dignataries, including Mayor Leo Fontaine and Retired RI Adjutant General Reginald Centracchio.

Fontaine spoke about the sacrifice and loss of the Jolicoeur and Gagne families, and the perseverance of Mrs. Gagne, who, after losing three sons, dedicated herself to veterans groups and the community.

Fontaine said the stories have reinforced his resolve to fight to keep the memorial in place and untouched. The crowd showed their approval of the statement with a strong round of applause.

Tommy Tutone May 03, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Don't worry Woonsocket,he's still after your money.The worst kind of crook...a hypocrite.
harley0011 May 03, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Ok.....I'm not the mayors biggest supporter by far, however this is the first thing I've ever agreed with him on. This is about honoring our veterans, that's all nothing else. The mayor did a good job yesterday. This is not the forum for bashing, this is about showing respect.
Tommy Tutone May 03, 2012 at 12:54 PM
This is how you will lose,the minute you cut them any slack they gain credibility,credibilty=license to steal.
Doctor May 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I also hate the thought of a supplemental tax bill or paying higher taxes. I also hate the way the city manages the budget and the excess extra spending that is being done. But when it comes to supporting a monument, our veterans park or any type of veterans activity I stand with the mayor and council to support them. This is not just a local city purpose but a national purpose, a respect for all veterans.
Tommy Tutone May 03, 2012 at 01:14 PM
He's a good guy now,don't forget to pay your extortion payment in a timely manner.
Yvette M Ayotte May 03, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Dead in the Water How dare you say anything negative when it comes to supporting our vets!! You can hate the mayor all you want but your venom here isn't going to go far. I bet you'd be the first one to complain if the mayor were to do nothing for this monument. Go soak your head!!!
Doctor May 03, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Great picture of you Yvette in your chair on foxprovidence web site.
Tommy Tutone May 03, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Since unfair taxation was the biggest reason for the Revolutionary War,I'd say his showing up was the biggest insult of all.The Vets memorialised on that monument would agree with me,this country has become obsessed with money and nothing else.Make sure you salute the monument as you go past on your way to pay your fresh new tax bill.
harley0011 May 03, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Well said Yvette!!!!
Tommy Tutone May 03, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Go soak my head,now there's an intelligent response.What are you,twelve years old?
Joe The Plumber May 03, 2012 at 07:45 PM
"memorialised"?? What are you illiterate?
Tommy Tutone May 03, 2012 at 11:05 PM
At least i'm not brainwashed Plumber's Crack.
Russell Archambault May 05, 2012 at 09:53 PM
dead in the water how old are you? with all the ignorant comments you make on just about every topic, i wonder. But my biggest question that will not be answered, how intelligent are you?
Tommy Tutone May 05, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I'm 5 years old but about to graduate high school early.
Ron Ambergris October 05, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Found Bumper stickers on line that say Keep the cross Ban the ACLU at this link http://www.cafepress.com/thissuks.697790496

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