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Wall honoring vets marred by misspellings, omissions in Meriden

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MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

A wall honoring World War II veterans in Meriden is riddled with misspellings, according to officials. However, a fix is in the works.

City Hall said the memorial was put in place on Broad Street in the 1980s.

On it, are the names of Meriden natives who served in the armed forces.

However, there are more than 46 misspellings and 10 omissions, officials said.

They said they set aside $15,000 to put toward fixing the problem in the most recent budget.

"I'm happy about it, I'll be in touch with my family to see that it will be finally recognized, fixed and you know, just made right," said Randy Zapoli, the son of a World War II veteran.

Council member Cathy Battista said it's going to happen soon.

"I can't tell you the reason why that’s happened because it was before my time," Battista said.

Instead of being a point of pride for Meriden, some said the city's World War II Memorial is an embarrassment. The fact that the mistakes have been left on it for two decades only adds insult to injury.

That will change, however.

The fix is welcome news for families who said they've been long frustrated by the errors.

Zapoli said he was irate that his late father's last name and that of his father's two brothers was spelled "Zipolo" on the plaque.

"There's one surviving brother and he would be thrilled to find out that it was actually fixed,” he said.

City leaders said they've known about the problem for years.

"[There were a] few that called in the beginning said 'oh the husbands or brothers, the names were misspelled is there any possibility to get it corrected?” said Matthew Dominello, Sr., a former city council member.

Yet the 46 misspellings and 10 omissions remained.

"It's pretty sad because my father was a police officer here in Meriden and served Meriden his whole life," Zapoli said. "You bring it to the attention and nothing was done.”

Zapoli said his cousin is the one who helped prod the city into taking action.

"We are definitely moving forward, this is going to happen," Battista promised.

Battista said she's been leading the charge, but said the city can't afford a new plague or to add letters.

"[One solution is to] put the corrected spelling on a separate plaque underneath so that it maintains symmetry and that’s within budget,” she explained.

Zapoli said he'd just like to see it done.

"It's not so much the money," he said. "It’s just honoring these people that served not only the city but the nation.”

The City Council could vote on the matter as early as Monday. It's expected to pass.

It's unclear when repairs would begin.

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