For Immediate Release - November 25, 2011

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY HONORS FALLEN VIETNAM SOLDIER WITH MURAL AT DCR POOL

WORCESTER – Friday, November 25, 2011 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today honored fallen Vietnam soldier and Worcester native Corporal Dennis F. Shine Jr. with the unveiling and dedication of a new exterior mural at the Dennis F. Shine Memorial Pool in Worcester.

The mural details the life of Dennis F. Shine Jr. and his family and provides pool visitors with information about the life of Corporal Shine, who was a resident of the Vernon Hill area of Worcester. He was killed in action in 1969 during the Vietnam War. Corporal Shine was 21-years-old when he died.

“This is a great example of public-private partnership working together to enhance the community while honoring a member of our dedicated armed forces,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “The family of Dennis Shine Jr. and Millbury Savings Bank in partnership with DCR worked together to bring history, art and a local hero’s story home.”

The mural was completed through a partnership with Shine family members, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Millbury Savings Bank.

“DCR would like to thank the Shine family and Millbury Savings Bank for their work on this mural and Sunshine Sign for their work on fabricating and installing this sign,” said DCR Commissioner Edward M. Lambert, Jr. “Their commitment and care for this project illustrates their support of community parks and aligns nicely with DCR’s mission to expand and enhance recreation experiences within the Commonwealth.”

In March of 2011, Millbury Savings Bank officials approached the DCR about ways they could show their support for the parks in the area. The Dennis F. Shine Memorial Swimming Pool is a popular location in the community and it is one of two DCR Pools in Worcester that offer a free learn-to-swim program. The resulting mural is eight feet long by five feet wide.

“Millbury Savings Bank is pleased to donate this memorial storyboard in honor of Corporal Dennis F. Shine, Jr.,” said William J. Walsh, the bank’s president and chief executive officer. “For years to come, visitors to the pool will see this mural and understand what Corporal Shine meant to his family, this neighborhood, and the city of Worcester, and know of his ultimate sacrifice to his country.”

Originally constructed in the 1970’s, the DCR completed $3 million renovation to the pool and the complex surrounding it in 2009. Many who have learned to swim at the pool have gone on to lifeguard at the Shine or other area pools.

“This is a wonderful tribute to Corporal Shine, “ said Senator Michael Moore. “Not only will the mural enrich the area but it will serve as a reminder of Corporal Shine’s sacrifice for his country for many years to come.”

“Worcester is proud of its partnerships such as the one that makes possible this new exterior mural at the Shine Memorial Pool,” said Senator Harriette L. Chandler. “The life of Corporal Dennis F. Shine will be honored and remembered by all those who see and use this pool thanks to the efforts of his family, the Millbury Savings Bank, and DCR.”

“As someone who personally knows the Shine family, I believe this is a wonderful and fitting memorial,” said Representative John Mahoney. “Corporal Shine made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, his city, and his family. Generations of Worcester residents have enjoyed this pool, and future generations will continue to enjoy it. Thanks to the mural, this valuable community resource will also continue to honor Corporal Shine.” 

"Growing up on Vernon Hill, I was at the pool every summer and this facility is a great resource to have within our community," said Representative John P. Fresolo. "The dedication of this mural is a tribute to Corporal Shine, his family and their sacrifice.  Corporal Shine's memory will last forever."

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