War Memorial Park, Waterford

War Memorial Park, WaterfordWaterford honors veterans of the nation’s wars with a collection of monuments in two local parks.

Three monuments are featured in a small green in War Memorial Park on Rope Ferry Road (Route 156), near the intersection with Great Neck Road (Route 213).

A bronze plaque on a 1975 monument honors local residents who served in the American Revolution. The plaque bears a dedication reading, “To honor those patriots from the land now Waterford who courageously responded beginning with the Lexington Alarm in the War of Independence, 1775–1783.”

War Memorial Park, WaterfordThe plaque list nearly 80 names of residents who served in the revolution. At the time, Waterford, incorporated as a town in 1801, was part of New London.

To the west of the American Revolution memorial, a monument honors Waterford’s Civil War and Spanish-American War veterans. The monument’s dedication includes similar language to the American Revolution Memorial, praising the courage of residents who served in the conflicts and including the starting and ending dates of the wars.

The Civil War section of the monument includes nearly 110 names, and the Spanish-American War section lists 10 names.

War Memorial Park, WaterfordA memorial flagpole next to the monument includes the emblems of the military branches in its base.

At the western end of the green, a World War I monument was dedicated in 1928. The dedication plaque contains three columns of names, and highlights five residents who died during their World War service.

Veterans Memorial Green

A little more than a half-mile east of War Memorial Park, Waterford’s veterans are further honored with Veterans Memorial Green on the grounds of Town Hall.

War Memorial Park, WaterfordThe green, at the intersection of Route 156 and Boston Post Road (Route 1), was dedicated in 1997. A granite monument bears an inscription reading, “Dedicated to all the men and women who served in the armed services of the United States of America.” In addition to a engraved eagle, the monument also features bronze service emblems.

The plaza surrounding the memorial, dedicated in 2008, has been designated “a path of honor.” The plaza features memorial bricks inscribed with the names of local veterans.

 

 

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War Memorials, Columbia

War Memorials, ColumbiaColumbia honors its war veterans and other public servants with memorials in its historic town center.

Columbia’s veterans are honored with memorials in front of its Yeoman’s Hall municipal building on Jonathan Trumbull Highway (Route 87), near the intersection with Middletown Road (Route 66).

The largest memorial is a Honor Roll monument, dedicated in 1956, listing Columbia’s World War II veterans. The monument, with an engraved eagle on its southwest face, lists about 120 names on its southwest and northeast faces.

War Memorials, ColumbiaNext to the World War II memorial is a 1919 Honor Roll monument to the town’s World War I veterans. The monument, featuring a bronze plaque mounted on a boulder, lists 18 names. The plaque also bears a dedication reading, “In honored memory of the men of Columbia who served during the World War.”

Near the war monuments, a memorial honors State Trooper Russell A. Bagshaw, a Columbia native killed in the line of duty in 1991 at the age of 28. Trooper Bagshaw interrupted a burglary at a Windham sporting goods store, and was ambushed in his cruiser.

On the nearby town green, a monument dedicated in 1997 marks the 50th anniversary of the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department.

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Memorial Park, Willimantic

Memorial Park, WillimanticWillimantic honors residents killed in the World Wars and Vietnam with a downtown park and memorial.

Memorial Park, on Main Street (Routes 32 and 66) between Watson and Tingley streets, features a large monument dedicated in 1953. The monument features three archways that bear memorial plaques honoring Willimantic’s war heroes.

The central archway features a bronze plaque reading, “Dedicated to the men of the City of Willimantic, Connecticut, who made the supreme sacrifice in the cause of freedom…in the flaming crucible of war. These patriots laid down their lives that all the peoples of the earth might dwell together in peace.”

Memorial Park, WillimanticThe central archway also has a plaque honoring the service of Willimantic’s Vietnam veterans.

The plaque in the right (eastern) bears the names of 56 residents lost during World War II.

The  plaque in the left archway lists 29 residents who died while serving in World War I.

A boulder near the memorial bears a 1919 plaque honoring the service of local National Guard troops who served in World War I.

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War Memorials, Ellington

War Memorials, EllingtonEllington honors its veterans and war heroes with a pair of monuments on the town green.

Veterans of World War I and earlier conflicts are honored with a granite monument, dedicated in 1926, near the intersection of Maple Street (Route 140) and Main Street (Route 286).

A bronze marker on the monument’s east face bears the inscription, “Ellington Remembers,” and includes seals of Connecticut, the United States and the town.

The plaque’s east face lists residents who served in the American Revolution and World War I, and highlights three residents who died during their World War I service.

The west face of the monument also bears the seals seen on the east face. A bronze plaque lists Ellington residents who served in Colonial era wars in 1675 and 1763, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War in 1846, the Civil War (referred to as the “War of the Rebellion”), and the Spanish-American War.

War Memorials, EllingtonThe Civil War section includes the names of nearly 150 residents who served.

Immediately to the west of the memorial, a monument honors Ellington’s veterans of later wars. An inscription on the monument’s east face reads, “In memory of those who served their country. World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Lebenon [sic], Panama, Desert Storm, Desert Shield.”

Further west on the green, a symbolic Liberty Pole was erected in 1975. Liberty Poles were used before the American Revolution as gathering spots and to invite people to take part in discussions or protests. In many communities, patriots would display a banner on a pole to summon residents.

A small granite marker near the Liberty Pole marks the location of Ellington’s first meetinghouse, which was built in 1739.

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Memorial Building, Rockville

Memorial Building, RockvilleVernon honors its veterans with a memorial hall and several monuments in the heart of its Rockville section.

Construction began for Memorial Hall in 1889, and the building was finished a year later. The building originally contained a meeting hall for the local Grand Army of the Republic chapter, a courtroom and municipal offices.

Today, the former GAR meeting space is largely occupied by the New England Civil War Museum (which we’ll highlight in a future post), and the building continues to host municipal offices and a legislative chamber.

The brownstone and brick building, on Park Street, features a number of large arched windows and ornamental details.

Memorial Building, RockvilleThe west side of the Memorial Building, for example, includes large stained glass windows on the second floor. The windows are topped on the exterior with brownstone insets displaying an eagle flanked by the Connecticut and United States shields.

The southeast corner features a tower topped by a turret with large windows and copper ornamentation at its peak.

A smaller United States shield can be seen near the archway over the building’s front entrance.

A plaque in the building’s lobby commemorates Rockville native Gene Pitney, a singer and songwriter who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

 

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Immediately across Park Street from the Memorial Building, a collection of monuments honor Vernon’s veterans of the World Wars, Korea and Vietnam.

Memorial Building, RockvilleThe central monument bears an inscription reading, “Dedicated to the honor and memory of the men and women of the Town of Vernon who so gallantly served their country in World Wars.”

To the west of the World War memorial, a monument honors Vernon residents who served in Vietnam. The granite monument bears the names  of seven residents who died in the war.

To the east, a monument honors Vernon’s Korean War veterans, and commemorates one resident killed during the conflict.

At the eastern end of the park, a fountain honors William T. Cogswell, a 19th century builder who published a history of Rockville in 1872. The memorial is a 2005 copy of a fountain erected in 1883 by Cogwell’s cousin, a San Francisco dentist, investor and ardent temperance advocate.

Veterans Memorials, RockvilleThe San Francisco Cogswell erected at least nine fountains in different cities depicting himself, and inscriptions on the base advocated temperance.

Within two years of its dedication, the Rockville fountain had been stolen and dumped in a local lake. The fountain was recovered, stolen and recovered again before being donated to a World War II scrap metal drive.

 

 

 

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Memorial Green, Hebron

Memorial Green, Hebron  Hebron honors its war veterans with several monuments on its Memorial Green.

The green, near the intersections of Route 66 (Main Street) and Route 85 (Church Street), features four memorials to veterans from the Civil War, the World Wars, Korea and Vietnam.

The newest monument on the green, honoring Hebron residents who died while serving in the Civil War, was dedicated on Memorial Day, 2011.

The monument features a granite marker with a dedication on its east face reading, “Hebron Court of Honor. They gave their lives in the Civil War 1861-1865.” The monument also lists 10 residents who died during their wartime service.

Memorial Green, Hebron  A small cannon stands next to the monument, which was donated by the Sons of the American Legion.

Behind the Civil War memorial, an undated monument honors Hebron residents who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The central tablet bears an engraved eagle and an inscription reading, “Dedicated to the men and women from the town of Hebron who served in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.”

The World War II tablet features three columns of names and highlights five residents who died during the war. The Korea and Vietnam tablet also bears three columns of names.

Memorial Green, Hebron  To the north of this monument, a pink granite memorial honors the five Hebron residents who died during World War II. The monument features an engraved Connecticut shield and an inscription reading, “Hebron Court of Honor. They gave their lives in World War II 1941 – 1945.”

Near the south end of the green, a memorial honors Hebron’s World War I veterans. A bronze plaque set into a granite boulder bears the simple inscription, “World War Roll of Honor.”

The monument highlights one resident killed in the war, and lists two columns of Hebron residents who served.

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Woolsey Hall, New Haven

Woolsey Hall, New HavenYale honors students and graduates killed in the country’s wars with memorials in the lobby of Woolsey Hall.

Woolsey Hall’s lobby walls feature large marble slabs, arranged by war, inscribed with the names, military and Yale affiliations, and date and place of death.

The Civil War memorial, flanking the corridor between the hall’s rotunda and its west entrance, was dedicated in 1915. Reflecting the spirit of reconciliation common at the time of dedication, the memorial blends Yale graduates and students who died while serving the Union and Confederate forces.

Woolsey Hall, New HavenThe floor between the memorial plaques has an inset dedication reading, “To the men of Yale who gave their lives in the Civil War. The university has dedicated this memorial that their high devotion may live in all her son and that the bonds which now unite the land may endure. MCMXV (1915).”

Below the dedication, which is becoming hard to read after years of foot traffic, is evidence of an earlier inscription.

The Civil War tablets list 113 killed defending the Union, and 54 killed serving the Confederate states.

The north wall features allegorical figures representing peace and devotion. Peace is depicted as a woman holding a child and an olive branch, and an inscription above her head reads, “Peace crowns their act of sacrifice.” Devotion is pictured as a toga-draped flag-bearer. An inscription reads, “Devotion gives a sanctity to strife.”

Woolsey Hall, New HavenThe south wall features allegorical depictions of Memory and Courage. Memory is depicted as a woman holding an hourglass, and an inscription reads, “Memory here guards their ennobled names.” Courage is pictured as a classical warrior, and his inscription reads, “Courage disdains fame and wins it.”

Among the students and graduates honored is Uriah Nelson Parmelee, a Guilford native who left Yale as a junior. He served with a New York regiment and was named a captain in the 1st Connecticut Cavalry before he was killed April 1, 1865, at the Battle of Five Forks in Virginia. Parmelee was killed less than two weeks before Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

The memorial also honors Francis Stebbins Bartow, a law school graduate and Georgia native. A fervent secessionist, Bartow organized an infantry company and was killed during the first Battle of Bull Run/Manassas in 1861. Bartow was the first brigade commander killed in the war.

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The memorial was created by sculptor Henry Hering, whose other notable works include the World War plaza and memorial at the American Legion’s headquarters in Indianapolis.

Veterans of other wars are honored with similar tablets along the lobby’s interior hallway. In 1920, for instance, the university added eight tablets honoring 225 graduates and students killed during World War I.

The west lobby also contains plaques honoring graduates killed while serving as missionaries, including several who died during the Boxer Rebellion in China.

Woolsey Hall, at the corner of Grove and College streets, was dedicated in 1901 as part of the celebration of Yale’s bicentennial. The building is also known as Memorial Hall.

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Memorial Gun, Rowayton

Memorial Gun, RowaytonThe Rowayton section of Norwalk honors local veterans with a Civil War cannon mounted at the intersection of Rowayton and Wilson avenues.

The memorial gun, a 100-pounder Parrott rifle, was dedicated in 1901 to honor local Civil War veterans.

A dedication engraved on the front (north) face of the monument’s base reads, “Memorial gun. Reminding us of the heroic deeds of our soldiers and sailors of the Republic in the War of the Rebellion for the preservation of the Union. Erected 1901. From USS Tallapoosa.”

Memorial Gun, RowaytonThe monument’s west face bears a plaque honoring local World War I veterans. The bronze plaque lists 15 names, and honors one local resident who died in the conflict.

The east face of the monuments base bears a plaque honoring local World War II veterans. The plaque lists about 176 names, and highlights one resident killed during the war.

The cannon was made in 1864 at the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, New York. It was used on the USS Tallapoosa, a gunship built at the Boston Navy Yard in 1864. The Tallapoosa helped maintain the blockade of Confederate ports during the way, and was used for transport, training and dispatch after the war.

Memorial Gun, RowaytonThe Tallapoosa sank in 1884 following a collision off Vineyard Haven, Mass., but was raised and rebuilt. The ship was decommissioned and sold in Uruguay in 1892.

The Tallapoosa image below and information is from the Naval Historical Center.

 

 

 

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Memorial Boulevard, Bristol (Part 1)

World War I Monument, BristolBristol honors its war heroes and veterans with a collection of monuments along a tree-lined avenue and park.

Bristol’s Memorial Boulevard was dedicated in 1921 to honor the city’s World War I veterans. Over the years, the collection of monuments has grown to honor the service of Bristol’s veterans as well as the sacrifice of its war heroes.

Bristol’s World War I veterans are honored with a granite column dedicated in 1924. The monument bears a dedication on its west face reading, “The city of Bristol, to honor its residents who served in the World War, here records their names.”

World War I Monument, BristolThe monument also lists the names of 48 residents killed in the war, and 10 bronze plaques mounted along the monument’s star-shaped base list the names of nearly 1,300 residents who served in the conflict.

Bristol’s World War I heroes were further honored by the planting of 50 oak trees along Memorial Boulevard.

In 1996, a marker was installed at the base of a flagpole near the World War I monument to honor six additional residents killed in the war, but whose names weren’t recorded on the 1924 memorial.

A 1906 German howitzer cannon that was captured by U.S. forces during the war stands near the World War I monument. The cannon, donated to Bristol in 1926, was originally placed in a median in front of the World War memorial, but was moved after being struck at least three times by motorists.

World War I Monument, BristolTo the east of the World War I memorial, a monument honors Bristol residents lost in World War II and Korea. A dedication on the monument’s north face reads, “To remember and to honor those from Bristol who served God and their country during World War II and Korea.” The monument’s north face also features an elaborate carved eagle.

Bronze plaques on the monument honor 143 residents killed in World War II and 13 residents who died while serving during the Korean War.

Bristol’s Korean War veterans are also honored with a 1995 black granite monument further east on Memorial Boulevard. The monument’s north face features an engraved map of Korea and a dedication to those who died, who are still missing, and those who returned.

World War I Cannon, BristolThe base of the monument bears a plaque listing 16 residents who died while serving during the Korean War.

Residents who were killed in Vietnam are honored with a monument to the west of the Korean War memorial. The 1973 monument bears a dedication on its north face reading, “In memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice.”

The south face of the monument lists 17 residents who died in Vietnam.

Bristol’s Vietnam veterans are also honored with a memorial walkway, dedicated in 2001, and monument commemorating the 1998 display of the Vietnam Traveling Wall along Memorial Boulevard. The walkway honors veterans from the American Revolution through the Vietnam era.

World War II and Korea Monument, BristolIn Part 2, we’ll look at other monuments along Memorial Boulevard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Veterans Memorial Park, Plainville

Veterans Memorial Park, PlainvillePlainville honors local veterans with several monuments in a downtown park established in 1945.

Plainville’s Civil War veterans are honored with the Defenders of the Flag Monument, which was dedicated in 1913. The granite monument features a standard-bearer atop a granite monument inscribed on its front (northwest) face with the simple dedication, “In memory of the defenders of the flag.”

The monument’s northwest face also features a large Grand Army of the Republic medallion just below the standard-bearer’s feet, as well as crossed swords (representing the cavalry) and rifles (representing the infantry) above the years during which the Civil War was fought.

Defenders of the Flag Monument, PlainvilleThe standard-bear’s pose is somewhat uncommon in that, unlike most Civil War monuments depicting a standard-bearer, the Plainville figure holds the flag with both hands. Most earlier standard-bearer monuments include a figure prepared to withdraw a sword to defend the colors.

The metal GAR marker near the base of the monument is unusually large and the first we’ve seen that has been painted. The cannon behind the monument was cast in 1863.

The monument, originally located on land that later became the site of Town Hall, replaced a wooden memorial in a local cemetery honoring the town’s Civil War veterans.

Defenders of the Flag Monument, PlainvilleThe monument was supplied by the McGovern Granite Company of Hartford, whose other monuments in Connecticut include memorials in Unionville, Old Saybrook, Stafford Springs and Newtown.

Along the Maple Street side of Veterans’ Memorial Park, at the corner of Whiting and Maple street, a 1984 monument honors veterans of Korea and Vietnam. The granite monument, topped with an engraved eagle, features a dedication on its north face “in honor of the men and women of this community who served in Korea and Vietnam.”

Next to that monument, a 1991 monument honors Plainville residents who served in Operation Desert Storm.

Defenders of the Flag Monument, PlainvilleNear the park’s northwest corner, a stone monument with a large plaque honors Plainville’s World War veterans. A dedication reads, “In honor of the men and women of Plainville who served in the Armed Forces during World War I & II. To the eternal memory of those who gave the last full measure of devotion and sacrifice.”

The list of World War I dead contains nine names, and the section honoring World War II dead lists 31 residents.

 

 

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