Date published: April 25, 2012
On the southeast corner of Walnut Avenue and Erie Boulevard East, a small, tattered American flag dangles over an undersized brick patio. Three headstones memorializing the service of city workers line the northeast corner of the patio. One pays tribute to Donald "Handsome" Ransom, a Department of Public Works employee who died in an accident July 18, 2007. Another is dedicated to Larry J. "Whammy" Douglas, who was killed in a similar accident in 1998.
Saturday, April 28, is Worker's Memorial Day, created to recognize workers who have been killed, injured or disabled on the job. The park on Erie Boulevard East was founded three years ago on this holiday by former Mayor Matt Driscoll as a permanent remembrance for those who have died in the line of work. This year, the AFL-CIO will hold a Unity Breakfast to commemorate the holiday. The breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 27, at the Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool. Tickets are $25 and are available through Pat Rector at firstname.lastname@example.org or 432-8899, Ext. 127.