War Memorial, East Hampton

East Hampton honors veterans of World War I and earlier conflicts with plaques on a boulder in its historic village center.

The undated war memorial, at the intersection of Main Street and Summit Street (Route 196), honors veterans of World War I, the Spanish-American War, the Civil War, the War of 1812 and the American Revolution with plaques mounted on a large boulder.

The south face of the monument bears a plaque with a dedication reading, “In honor of East Hampton men and women who served their country in the World War 1917-1918.”

Below the dedication, the plaque lists about 141 names, and indicates four who were killed in the war.

On the monument’s west face, a plaque honoring Civil War veterans bears a dedication reading, “To perpetuate the memory of the men from this township in the Civil War 1861-1865 fought to preserve the Union.”

The plaque further lists about 109 residents who served in the war.

The monument’s north face honors a dozen residents who served in the Spanish-American War.

The east face of the monument honors veterans of the American Revolution and the War of 1812 with a plaque reading, “To the memory of the patriot men of Chatham who bravely bore their part in the War of the American Revolution and the War of 1812 to establish firmly the foundations of our republic and to preserve the liberties which we have inherited.”

The reference to Chatham reflects East Hampton’s former name. The town separated from Middletown in 1767, and was known as Chatham from then until it adopted the East Hampton name in 1915.

The fact that the Civil War and Spanish-American War plaques refer to “this township” probably reflects the name change in the intervening years.

The monument stands in East Hampton’s Belltown Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

East Hampton was a leading center for the manufacture of bells during the 19th Century and the early 20th. According to the 1860 census, nearly half of East Hampton’s 1,766 residents, many of whom were Irish immigrants, worked for one of the town’s 30 bell factories.

Liberty Green, Niantic

Niantic honors veterans of the 20th Century’s wars with two monuments on Liberty Green.

Liberty Green, in the Niantic section of East Lyme, features a World War I Honor Roll as well as an undated memorial honoring veterans lost in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The World War Honor Roll bears a dedication reading, “Erected in honor of those who answered their country’s call to serve for God and humanity in the, World War 1917 – 1918, by the citizens of the Town of East Lyme, Conn.”

The Honor Roll lists the names of 114 local veterans, and highlights three who were killed in the conflict.

Next to the World War Honor Roll, a memorial constructed from granite blocks features bronze plaques honoring veterans and heroes of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The World War II plaque features the dedication, “A lasting tribute to these men we loved and lost,” and lists 10 names.

The plaque also honors “all our veterans who so bravely fought when our nation was in need.”

The Korea plaque honors one resident who was killed in the conflict.

The Vietnam plaque honors two residents who were killed, and bears a dedication that includes “God bless these men who could give no more.”

Liberty Green, at the intersection of Main Street (Route 156) and Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 161), resulted from a private donation of land in 1918 to create a memorial to the town’s World War veterans.

Columbia Honor Roll, Deep River

Deep River honors veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam with honor rolls in a park.

Veterans Memorial Green, at the intersection of Main Street (Route 154) and Essex Street, features an allegorical figure representing the United States and an honor roll listing Deep River residents who served in World War II.

Panels added in 1990 honor residents who served in Korea and Vietnam.

White bricks in the plaza in front of the memorial honor the 14 residents killed in World War II and one lost in Vietnam.

A sign near the memorial explains the Columbia honor roll was created by C.D. Batchelor, an editorial cartoonist and painter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1937. Batchelor, a Deep River resident, worked at the New York Daily News for many years.

The honor roll, dedicated in 1943, originally stood in front of Deep River’s Public Library. The memorial was moved to its present location in 1969.

The park was renovated in 1994 and renamed Veterans Memorial Green.

Deep River’s World War I monument also stands on the green. The memorial, a boulder topped by a bronze eagle, was dedicated in 1923.

War Memorials, Colchester

Colchester remembers veterans of the 20th Century wars with three memorials at the northern end of the town green.

Memorials near the intersection of Lebanon Avenue (Route 16) with Hayward Avenue and Broadway (Route 85) honor veterans of the two World Wars, Korea and Vietnam.

Colchester’s World War monument features a bronze eagle atop a rough granite block. A dedication plaque on the monument’s southeast face bears the simple message “Colchester remembers” along with “World War” and 1917-1918.

Under the dedication, the plaque lists two columns of names of World War I veterans, and honors four who were list in the conflict.

The monument also features the U.S., Connecticut and Colchester seals.

Next to the World War memorial, a 1952 granite monument honors veterans of World War II and Korea. The monument’s southeast face bears a dedication reading:

“This memorial was erected in honor of those men and women of Colchester who served their country in time of need. They sought not personal glory, but the preservation of liberty and freedom.

“They fought against aggression, Communism, and the enslavement of people so that a government of the people, for the people and by the people shall not perish.”

Panels on the monument’s southeast face honor 11 Colchester residents killed in World War II.

Honor roll panels on the monument’s northwest face honor residents who served in World War II and Korea.

A little further north on the green, Colchester honors its Vietnam veterans with a black and gray striped granite memorial that was dedicated in 1983.

The monument lists five residents who were killed in the conflict, and bears a dedication asking us to “remember these men of Colchester whose lives were sacrificed  in Vietnam 1964-1975.”

Also near the monuments, a flagpole dedicated in 1998 by the local VFW post honors Colchester’s veterans.

War Memorials, Lebanon

Lebanon honors its war veterans with several monuments on the green near the intersection of Exeter Road (Route 207) and Norwich-Hartford Turnpike (Route 87).

Near the northern end of the green, in front of Town Hall, is a 1922 monument honoring veterans of five wars between the American Revolution and the First World War.

The monument features a stone cairn, serving as a flagpole base, with bronze plaques on the cairn’s four sides honoring local veterans.

The north face of the monument features a plaque with a scene depicting soldiers from the American Revolution, Civil War and World War I marching together under an American flag.

The west face of the monument bears a plaque honoring those who served during the “Period of the World War” (the reference to war “periods” is uncommon among the state’s war memorials).

The plaque reads, “In commemoration of the boys who served in the World War. Not unmindful of their heritage, the mantle of their forefathers fell upon patriotic shoulders. They acquitted themselves with honor and loyalty, cheerfully accepting the sacrifices placed upon them in performance of their duty on land and sea. With no selfish end, they served that the principle of right might be established throughout the world.”

The south face of the monument bears a plaque that, along with the years of the Civil War, includes a dedication “…to the memory of our Civil War veterans, who so promptly and willingly responded to the nation’s call, serving in eleven different regiments and participating in over a hundred different battles; and to our illustrious and renowned second war governor, William Buckingham, who was born and spent his early life in Lebanon. He performed efficient service in the nation’s peril, and was a worthy successor of Connecticut’s first war governor.”

The lower section of the south plaque also commemorates veterans of the 1898 Spanish-American War with a dedication reading, “In honor of those who served in the Spanish War, assisting an oppressed people to achieve their independence.”

The east face honors Lebanon’s many contributions to the American Revolution as well as the War of 1812. The dedication in the American Revolution section reads, “In memoriam to our fathers who fought for justice and liberty.

“When the war broke out, this town contributed the one loyal governor, brother Jonathan Trumbull, who among all the governors of the thirteen colonies, was the only one who stood staunch and true to the American cause. Washington relied on him in the most trying circumstances.

“William Williams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was born in Lebanon, the home of the Council of Safety.

“We take a just pride in the noble achievements of our men who served in the Revolution. They were eminently God-fearing and true patriots.”

The east face also has a dedication honoring veterans of the War of 1812: “Revered is the memory of those who participated in the War of 1812, who with honor and loyalty fulfilled the trust dedicated to them by their forefathers.”

The plaques were designed by sculptor Bruce Wilder Saville, whose other works included war memorials in Massachusetts, New York and Ohio. The monument was built by a local mason.

Nearby Monuments

An undated memorial near the northeast corner of the green honors Lebanon’s veterans of the two World Wars. The World War I section lists 40 names and honors one resident who was killed. The World War II section lists about 135 names and honors seven who were killed.

A 2002 memorial near the northwest corner of the green honors veterans of recent conflicts including Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Granada, Panama, Persian Gulf, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

War Memorial, Chester

Chester honors veterans of the conflicts after World War I with monuments in a small park at the intersection of Middlesex Turnpike (Route 154) and Railroad Avenue.

Chester’s World War I monument, dedicated in 1939, features a granite doughboy figure atop a monument listing local veterans. A central panel bears a dedication reading, “In honor of the men of Chester who served in the World War 1917-1918.”

The central panel lists two columns of names, and highlights three residents killed in the conflict. The list of names is flanked by representations of a nurse and a sailor.

A granite monument dedicated in 2004 honors Chester residents who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the post-Vietnam conflicts.

Starting at the left side of the monument, more than four columns of World War II veterans are listed along with veterans of the more recent wars. Collectively, the monument’s panels have just under 400 names.

The central panel bears a dedication reading, “There was a time when the world asked ordinary people to do extraordinary things. To the men and women of Chester who served our country.”

The central panel also features five service emblems and representations of two soldiers.

The monument is topped with an eagle and globe that were added in June of 2010.

Between the two monuments, a granite marker at the foot of a flagpole lists 10 residents killed in World War II and further honors the service of Chester’s Korea veterans.

The World War I monument was donated by Chester native Carlton J. Bates, the founder of the C.J. Bates Co. The Bates company, which had factories in Chester and New Haven, manufactured manicure sets, crochet hooks and knitting needles.

Soldiers’ Monument, Preston

Preston honors service in the Civil War and World War I with a large monument on Jewett City Road (Route 164).

The 1898 Soldiers’ Monument, which also marks the birthplace of American Revolution general Samuel Mott, stands in front of the former town library building just south of the intersection of Route 164 with Shetucket Turnpike (Route 165).

A dedication on the monument’s front (northwest) side reads, “In grateful memory of those citizens of the Town of Preston who served their country in arms in the war for the preservation of the Union.”

The northwest face also features a raised United States shield flanked by the years when the Civil War was fought.

The southwest side bears an inscription reading, “From this town, obedient to the call of patriotism and humanity, went forth one hundred and fifty men.”

An inscription on the northeast side reads, “Erected in token of filial gratitude and affection for their early home and to commemorate the patriotic devotion of friends & neighbors of their youth by Charles and Lucius Brown, 1898.”

The southeast side has an inscription reading, “This monument marks the dwelling place of General Samuel Mott, eminent citizen, upright magistrate, soldier of the Revolution, friend of Washington.”

Mott was an engineer who served at Fort Ticonderoga in New York as well as forts in New London and Groton.

On the monument’s northwest face, a 1921 plaque lists about 50 residents who served in World War I.

The land on which the monument and the former library, now the home of the Preston Historical Society, was donated by the Brown family along with the monument. The monument and the library were both dedicated on November 25, 1898.

The site also features two mortar cannons as well as pyramids of cannonballs.

The monument, supplied by the Smith Granite Company of Westerly, Rhode Island, was restored in 2000.

A spring-fed horse fountain donated in 1918 by retired inventor DeLambre Bates stands a short walk southwest of the Soldiers’ Monument site.

Soldiers’ Monument, Ledyard

Ledyard honors its Civil War heroes with a granite obelisk outside one of the town’s libraries.

The monument was erected in 1873 to honor Ledyard residents killed in the conflict. A dedication on the monument’s front (north) face reads, “In honor of the men of Ledyard who fought for the preservation of the Union in the war of 1861-5. Erected July 4, A.D. 1873, by Ledyard Bill.”

The north face also features a raised United States shield and two crossed swords.

The south, east and west faces bear the names of 29 Ledyard residents killed in the Civil War.

The monument was donated by Ledyard Bill, a Ledyard native who prospered in the publishing industry in Kentucky and New York. Bill later served as a legislator in Massachusetts.

Bill’s family was long active in Ledyard, with a brother endowing the Bill Library next to the Civil War monument, and another brother funding the Bill Memorial Library in Groton.

A short walk away from the Civil War monument, a collection of monuments honors Ledyard’s veterans of other wars. A bronze plaque affixed to a boulder honors 32 residents who served in World War I and four who were killed.

Inscriptions on other boulders honor veterans of the American Revolution, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

About a quarter-mile north of these monuments, an undated memorial in front of Town Hall honors all of Ledyard’s war veterans.

Soldiers’ Monument, Enfield

Enfield honors its Civil War and World War I veterans with a granite monument topped by a bronze infantryman.

The Soldiers’ Monument, near the corner of Church and North Main streets, was dedicated in 1885 to honor Enfield’s Civil War heroes.

A dedication plaque on the monument’s front (south) face reads, “In memory of the men of Enfield who, on land and sea, periled their lives for Union and liberty, 1861-1865. Erected by the town of Enfield, A.D. 1885.”

A plaque on the east side of the monument lists 10 residents killed in action, 14 who died from wounds, and 15 who died while imprisoned in the Confederate POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia.

The monument’s west side features a plaque listing 29 Enfield residents who died (mostly likely from disease) during their Civil War service.

The monument’s base features four eagles with emblems representing the artillery, infantry, cavalry and navy.

The north face of the monument honors Enfield’s World War I heroes with a bronze plaque dedicated in 1922. The plaque reads, “In memory of those who gave their lives in the great war for world-wide liberty 1917-1919.”

The plaque lists eight residents killed in action and five (including a Red Cross nurse) who died in service.

The monument’s sculptor, David Richards, created a number of public works including monuments in Lawrence, Mass., and Manchester, N.H., as well as the newsboy statue in Great Barrington, Mass.

The infantryman was cast by the M.J. Power Foundry, which was also responsible for the Soldiers’ Monument in Derby.

Veterans’ Memorial, Suffield

Suffield honors its veterans with a five-sided granite monument incorporating plaques from an earlier memorial.

The 2003 monument in Veterans’ Park, near the intersection of Main Street (Route 75) and Bridge Street, honors Suffield veterans from wars ranging from the French and Indian Wars through the conflicts in the Persian Gulf.

The monument, topped by a large bronze eagle facing east, features a dedication reading, “In honor of the men and women of Suffield who served in our armed forces in the time of war.”

The monument also features two bronze Honor Roll plaques that appear to have been part of a 1920 memorial honoring veterans of earlier wars.

The plaques list veterans of the French and Indian War, American Revolution, War of 1918, Mexican War, Civil War Spanish-American War, and World War I.

The granite sections honor veterans of World War II, Korean, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.

A plaque on a nearby boulder explains that Veterans’ Park was dedicated in 1983 to honor Suffield residents who served in Vietnam.