Lee Square (Lawrence, MA)

lee2Lee Square is located at the intersection of Common and Hampshire Streets. It was dedicated to Pfc. David “Buck” Lee the first Chinese American from Lawrence to give his life in battle. Lee was born in Canton (now Guangzhou) China and entered the service in 1944. He was killed in Luxemburg January 10, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge. The square was first dedicated to Pfc. Lee in 1946 at the same location near where his family had operated a laundry. Business associates of his father pursued the honoring of Pfc. Lee and the event started as a parade from the Common led by the American Legion and the Benjamen Cardillo Post Drum Corps, a forty-piece Chinese band, and a delegation of Chinese American Legion Post members from Boston. A number of local leaders were also present. The dedication culminated at the site with speeches and the family was presented with an American flag, a citation from the City, and a medal awarded to Lee.
At some point the sign got lost and then found. Jim Jacobs who works at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Cemetery found the heavy brass marker in the woods near the cemetery. It was cleaned, replaced, and rededicated in 2013.

January 2015 a granite stone was installed at the original site.  Local officials and veterans group were in attendance.

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