New Bedford to unveil Fishermen’s Tribute Monument at 6 p.m. June 30 in Tonneson Park

AR-160626934.jpg&MaxW=315&MaxH=315New Bedford will celebrate the installation of the Fishermen’s Tribute Monument at 6 p.m. June 30 located in Tonneson Park on the New Bedford waterfront. The installation of the bronze statute will serve as a public tribute to the generations of commercial fishermen and their families. The Fishermen’s Tribute Fund Committee, lead by chairperson Deb Shrader, fundraised for more than 10 years to make the monument a reality. The Fishermen’s Tribute Monument is a bronze statue that depicts the scene of a fishing family; a mother stands near her fisherman husband, who is down on one knee, his daughter in his lap hugging him, his hand on the shoulder of his son who holds a crew cap. The sculpture is the work of New Bedford artist Erik Durant. The passing of the cap to the son signifies the continuation of the fishing tradition, while the clinging daughter expresses the regret of separation that her mother must hold in. The woman is located in the back of the scene, standing tall, representing the wives and mothers who stay behind to hold their families together while fishermen are at sea. Link 21:38