Providence World War I Veteran Getting New Monument

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A World War I veteran from Providence is getting a new monument in the city after the original monument in his honor was vandalized.

City Councilman David Salvatore said the new marker in honor of Pfc. Carlo Lafazia will be commissioned and dedicated next spring.

“We’re going to relocate it to a new area that is going to allow for an education opportunity, first and foremost about the history of Private Lafazia and the contributions that he made, and secondly, some of the history around World War I and what that meant to the Eagle Park community and to Rhode Island as a whole,” Salvatore told The Providence Journal.

Lafazia, who served in the 16th Infantry Regiment, was killed in the Forest of Argonne in France in October 1918.

The original monument was placed on Admiral Street in 2017. But earlier this year, it was knocked off its foundation. The vandal was never caught. The damaged monument stone is now stored at the Department of Public Works.