Category Archives: World War II

War Monuments, Washington

World War Monument, WashingtonWashington honors veterans of the 20th century’s major wars with two monuments near its Town Hall.

World War I veterans are honored with a large bronze plaque mounted on a boulder. The plaque bears a dedication reading, “In honor of the Citizens of Washington who served in the World War and in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice.”

The plaque lists five residents who died during the war, and lists the names of 106 other residents who served.

The plaque also contains a brief excerpt from the Ralph Waldo Emerson poem “Voluntaries“:

“So nigh is grandeur to our dust/So near is good to man/When duty whispers low ‘thou must’/The youth replies ‘I can’.”

World War Monument, WashingtonThe poem was written in 1863 to honor young people enlisting in the Civil War, and has been used on a number of war memorials.

Washington’s veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam are honored with a nearby monument. The monument bears a dedication reading, “The citizens of Washington have not forgotten. In honor and memory of the veterans of the community who served in the armed services of the United States for the cause of liberty.”

The plaque honoring World War II veterans lists 276 names. The Korean War plaque honors 56 veterans, and the Vietnam plaque lists 94 residents who served.

World War Monument, WashingtonThe plaques, near the intersection of Calhoun Street (Route 109) and Bee Brook Road (Route 47), stand in front of Washington’s Bryan Memorial Town Hall. The building was a posthumous donation by Gregory Seeley Bryan. Bryan was a Washington native who owned the Weed Chain Company in Bridgeport, which manufactured tire chains, car jacks and other products.

Bryan died in 1929, and left money for the construction of a municipal building to honor his parents.

 

 

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Veterans Memorial Green, Coventry

Veterans Memorial Green, CoventryCoventry honors veterans of several wars with monuments on the town’s historic green.

Veterans Memorial Green, along Lake, High and Cross streets, is a former militia ground used for training during the American Revolution, War of 1812 and the Civil War.

Today, the green features six monuments, and ground has been broken for a statue of Nathan Hale that is scheduled for dedication later this year.

Coventry’s World War II veterans are honored with a four-foot granite slab near the green’s northern end. The monument features a large Honor Roll plaque with a dedication reading, “In honor of the men and women of Coventry who served our country in World War II. This memorial was made possible by the citizens of the Town of Coventry.”

Veterans Memorial Green, CoventryThe memorial lists the names of 321 residents who served in World War II and highlights 15 who died during their service.

Coventry’s Korean War monument is a gray granite obelisk that lists the dates of the conflict and includes a dedication “to all who answered our country’s call to duty and those who gave their last full measure of devotion.”

The monument lists one resident who was killed while serving in Korea.

The town’s Vietnam War monument is a blank granite obelisk with a dedication reading, “Coventry remembers the courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country of its Vietnam veterans.”

Veterans Memorial Green, CoventryThe monument lists two residents who were killed in action, and two others who died while serving in Vietnam.

Veterans of earlier conflicts are honored with a large memorial boulder that was dedicated in 1928. The boulder bears a plaque that reads, “In grateful memory of those men of Coventry who gave themselves unreservedly in the hour of their country’s need. Among them was Nathan Hale. All might have echoed his immortal words, ‘I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.’

“On this historic military training ground, men assembled in the Colonial Wars, War of the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

Veterans Memorial Green, Coventry“This memorial is dedicated by patriotic citizens and friends of Coventry, aided by the societies of the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution and Connecticut Sons of the American Revolution.

“The cannon was presented by the government of the United States [in] 1928 during the administration of Calvin Coolidge, AD 1930.”

The cannon referenced on the Memorial Boulder was built in 1896 by the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois, which today manufactures military tools and combat equipment.

The Coventry Green also features a 1998 memorial to French soldiers who fought for American independence. The monument provides a short summary of the decisive support the French military provided to the Continental Army, and highlights seven French soldiers who died of smallpox and were buried in Coventry in 1781.

Veterans Memorial Green, CoventryThe southern end of Veterans Memorial Green hosts Connecticut’s Vietnam Memorial.

 

 

 

 

 

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World Wars Monuments, Oxford

World War I Monument, OxfordOxford honors veterans and heroes of the two World Wars with monuments on Route 67.

Oxford’s undated World War I monument stands near the intersection of Seymour-Southbury Road (Route 67) and Academy Road (Route 42).

The boulder monument includes a bronze plaque listing 39 residents who served in the war and honoring two who died during their service.

The plaque includes a dedication reading, “Erected to honor those from Oxford who served their country in the World War 1917-1919.”

World War I Monument, OxfordA short distance from the World War I monument, Oxford’s World War II heroes are honored with a monument in Victory Memorial Park.

As with the World War I memorial, Oxford’s World War II monument is a simple boulder with a bronze plaque. A dedication on the plaque’s west face reads, “Our hero dead, World War II.”

The plaque lists the names and ranks of 10 residents who died during their World War II service.

The plaque also includes a short prayer reading, “Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.”

World War I Monument, OxfordThe park (and presumably the monument) was dedicated in 1947.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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War Memorials, Stony Creek

War Memorials, Stony CreekWar veterans from the Stony Creek section of Branford are honored with monuments on a small green.

The green, at the intersections of Halls Point, Sachem and Thimble Islands roads, features three monuments made from the pink granite for which Stony Creek is well known.

The central monument features three Honor Roll plaques on its north face. The oldes of the plaques lists the names of 36 World War I veterans and bears a dedication reading, “A tribute to the valor of the men of Stony Creek who entered the service of their country to fight in the great war for world-wide liberty 1917-1919.”

War Memorials, Stony CreekThe World War I memorial is flanked by a plaque listing 26 American Revolution veterans and four veterans of the War of 1812, as well as a plaque listing 10 Civil War veterans and six veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

An undated pink granite Honor Roll monument to the east of the World War I memorial lists two columns of names of local World War II veterans.

A pink granite monument to the west of the World War I monument, dedicated in 1976, honors veterans of Korea and Vietnam.

Isaac Lewis Fountain

War Memorials, Stony CreekA short distance from the war monuments, a memorial fountain honors industrialist and part-time Stony Creek resident Isaac C. Lewis.

The fountain, at the three-way intersection of Indian Point, Thimble Islands and Three Elms roads, features a dedication on its east face reading, “In loving memory of Isaac C. Lewis of Meriden, Conn. The gift of his daughter, Kate A.L. Chapin.”

Isaac Lewis founded a Meriden company that manufactured plated tableware, represented Meriden in the state legislature and served as the city’s mayor.

His Stony Creek house, which stands today, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

 

 

 

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Town Hall, New Canaan

Town Hall, New CanaanNew Canaan honors its war veterans with several Honor Roll plaques in the lobby of Town Hall.

On the east wall of the first floor hallway, a plaque honors New Canaan’s veterans of the American Revolution, the Mexican-American War, and the Civil War. The American Revolution sections lists about 130 residents. The Mexican-American War section has two names, and the Civil War section lists about 225 names.

On the west wall, a plaque lists about 260 residents who served in World War I.

Town Hall, New CanaanBoth plaques were dedicated in 1923.

In the front foyer, plaques honor residents who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm.

In front of Town Hall, an English Blakely Rifle has been mounted to honor New Canaan’s Civil War veterans. The cannon bears an undated plaque on its northeast face reading, “Presented to the Samuel P. Ferris Post No. 61 G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) by the Howard M. Bossa Post No. 653 V.F.W. of the U.S.A.”

Samuel P. Ferris was a West Point graduate who served as colonel of the Twenty Eighth Regiment of the Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. The regiment, formed for a nine-month enlistment, recruited 678 men from Litchfield and New Haven counties. The regiment was involved in the capture of Port Hudson, Louisiana, in June of 1863 before mustering out in August of 1863.

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Veterans’ Monument, Harwinton

Veterans’ Monument, HarwintonHarwinton honors its veterans of the World Wars, Korea and Vietnam with a monument on an historic green.

The undated monument, near the intersection of South Road and Litchfield Road (Route 4), stands near the north end of the green.

The monument is a granite block with an aluminum plaque on its front (north) face that bears an inscription reading, “Dedicated to those who served our country.”

Beneath the dedication, a section dedicated to World War I veterans lists nine names.

Veterans’ Monument, HarwintonA section listing World War II veterans includes 137 names, and honors nine who died during their World War II service.

The monument also lists the names of 37 residents who served in Korea, and 80 who served in Vietnam.

To the northeast of the monument, a 1976 historic marker erected by the town and the Connecticut Historical Commission provides a brief history of Harwinton.

To the east of the monument, the brick building in the left background of some photos is the 1915 Community Hall, which replaced a building erected around 1840. The original building served as Harwinton’s Town Hall and an Episcopal Church.

Veterans’ Monument, HarwintonAt the western edge of the green (part of the Litchfield-South Roads Historic District) stands a 2006 replica of a signpost that has stood, in one form or another, on the location for more than 200 years. In addition to directions and distances to nearby communities, the post was used to display municipal notices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Veterans Memorial Green, Wilton

Veterans Memorial Green, WiltonWilton honors its veterans with a group of monuments in a plaza dedicated in 2010.

The Veterans Memorial Green, at the intersection of Center Street and Old Ridgefield Road, features granite columns of honors and benches. The site is dedicated to honor, “Wilton’s fallen heroes who made the supreme sacrifice in America’s wars.”

The collection of monuments includes six granite pillars inscribed with the names of local war heroes. The pillar honoring the French and Indian War, fought between 1754 and 1763, lists 10 residents.

Veterans Memorial Green, WiltonThe American Revolution column honors 20 residents.

The Civil War has the largest grouping of names, with 34 residents being honored.

The World Wars and Korea share a pillar, with the World War I section listing two names; the World War II section listing 10, and the Korea section listing one.

The Vietnam and Iraq wars also share a pillar, with the Vietnam section honoring eight residents and the Iraq section listing one.

Veterans Memorial Green, WiltonVeterans Memorial Green, a collaboration between the town and a local American Legion post, was designed by three architects.

 

Nearby Memorials

Wilton veterans are further honored with a monument on the green a short distance south of the Memorial Green site. The memorial, dedicated in 1988, honors all veterans who served in the conflicts between the American Revolution and the Vietnam war.

Veterans Memorial Green, WiltonHeroes of the World Wars are also honored with a monument in Hillside Cemetery, about a half-mile northwest of the Memorial Green. A marker bears a dedication reading, “In memory of those who gave their lives [in] World Wars I and II,” above 10 names.

 

 

 

 

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War Memorials, Burlington

War Memorials, BurlingtonBurlington honors its war veterans and heroes with several monuments on the green at the intersection of Spielman Highway (Route 4) and George Washington Turnpike.

At the western end of the green, a memorial honors Burlington’s Civil War and World War I veterans. On the western side of the monument, a bronze plaque includes a dedication reading, “The Town of Burlington has not forgotten her beloved brothers who offered their lives  to preserve the Union, 1861-1865.”

Beneath the dedication are 88 names of Burlington residents or natives who served in the Civil War, with stars indicating the 20 residents who died during their Civil War service. The Civil War plaque was dedicated in 1998.

War Memorials, BurlingtonAmong the veterans listed is Elijah W. Bacon, a private in the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor after the Battle of Gettysburg. Bacon captured the 16th North Carolina’s battle flag on the final day of the battle, was killed during the 1864 Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia.

On the east face of the monument, Burlington honors its World War I veterans. The monument’s plaque includes a dedication reading, “Let us hold in honored memory those who served their country in the World War, 1917-1919.”

The World War I monument includes 42 names, and highlights five residents who died during their service.

War Memorials, BurlingtonTo the east of the Civil War and World War I memorial, an undated monument honors Burlington residents who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The western face of the monument bears an engraved eagle and an inscription reading, “Dedicated to the veterans of Burlington who served in the armed forces and died for our freedom.”

Beneath this dedication, a tablet lists 118 names of residents who served in Vietnam. The tablet further honors two residents who were killed.

The east face of the monument has the same dedication as the west side, and bears two plaques honoring Burlington’s World War II and Korea veterans. The World War II sections list 135 names, and honor seven residents who were killed. The Korea section lists 43 names.

 

 

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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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