Seth Warner Monument, Roxbury

Seth Warner Monument, RoxburyRoxbury native and American Revolution hero Seth Warner is honored with a monument at his burial site on the town green.

The monument, an obelisk dedicated in 1859, marks the final resting place of Warner, who participated in a number of military victories against British forces in New York and Vermont.

An inscription on the monument’s northeast face reads, “Col. Seth Warner of the Army of the Revolution. Born in Roxbury, CT, May 17, 1743. A resident of Bennington, VT from 1765 to 1784. Died in his native parish Dec. 25, 1784.”

The monument’s northwest face reads, “Captor of Crown Point. Commander of the Green Mountain Bouys in the repulse of Carlton at Longueil and in the Battle of Hubbardton and the associate of Stark in the victory at Bennington.”

Seth Warner Monument, RoxburyThe southwest face reads, “His remains are desposited under this monument. Erected by order of the General Assembly of Connecticut AD 1859.”

The southeast face reads, “Distinguished as a successful defender of the New Hampshire Grants and for bravery, sagacity, energy and humanity as a partisan officer in the War of the Revolution.”

The northeast face also bears a small plaque commemorating Warner’s appointment in 1975 as an honorary major general in the state militia.

The monument was rededicated in October of 2010.

Seth Warner Monument, RoxburyAfter his death in 1784, Warner was buried in a local cemetery before his remains were moved to the town green in 1859.

Warner is also honored with a statue on the grounds of the Bennington Battle Monument in Vermont.





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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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Foundation to Help Replace Stolen Memorial Plaques

The Valley Community Foundation announced yesterday it would match up to $6,000 in donations to replace memorial plaques stolen in Derby, Ansonia and Shelton. Details at the Valley Independent Sentinel.

Well done.



Connecticut Vietnam Memorial, Coventry

Connecticut Vietnam Memorial, CoventryThe Connecticut Vietnam Memorial, on Coventry’s Veterans’ Memorial Green, was dedicated in May of 2008 to honor the 612 state residents who died during the Vietnam War.

The memorial, near the intersection of Lake and Cross streets, features four black granite panels, with the center two panels listing the names of the state’s Vietnam heroes.

The center panels also bear a dedication reading, “All gave some, some gave all.”

The memorial’s base bears bronze service emblems from the various military branches.

Connecticut Vietnam Memorial, CoventryEfforts to build the monument began in 2001, when students at Coventry’s Nathan Hale Middle School began a project to compile biographical information about Connecticut veterans who died in the war.

The middle school project inspired local efforts to build a permanent memorial to the war heroes, and the town of Coventry agreed to provide land on the Memorial Green.

Students at Coventry High School are collecting photographs of the state’s Vietnam heroes as part of the “Call for Photos” campaign being coordinated by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Connecticut Vietnam Memorial, CoventryThe photos will be part of an interactive display in an education center planned for Washington, D.C.






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Soldiers’ Monument, Naugatuck

Soldiers' Monument, NaugatuckNaugatuck honors its Civil War veterans with a monument on the town green.

The monument, which we first visited in 2009, was dedicated in 1885. Its east face bears a dedication from the people of Naugatuck “In honor of her sons who fought to maintain the Union 1861-1865.”

The monument in the right background of the top image was dedicated in 1921 to honor Naugatuck’s World War I veterans.

The creche displayed in front of the monument plays Christmas carols.


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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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Soldiers’ Monument, Guilford

Soldiers' Monument, GuilfordWe first profiled the Soldiers’ Monument on the Guilford green in April of 2009, but last week we noticed that the monument is displaying a wreath for the holiday season.

The base of the monument, made from pink granite that was quarried locally, was dedicated in 1877. The gray granite infantryman, supplied from a Massachusetts firm, was added to the monument 10 years later.

The monument’s south face bears a dedication reading, ““In memory of the men of Guilford who fell and in honor of those who served in the war for the Union, the grateful town erects this monument, that their example may speak to coming generations.”

Soldiers' Monument, GuilfordThe south face also lists 14 residents who died during their Civil War service. The first name on the list is that of Uriah Parmelee, a Guilford native who left Yale during his junior year to serve in the Union Army. Parmelee was killed in April of 1865, and is also honored on the Yale Civil War Memorial in Woolsey Hall.





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Veterans’ Monument, Warren

Veterans' Monument, WarrenWarren honors the service of its war veterans with a granite monument on a small green.

The Warren Veterans’ Monument bears a dedication on its north face reading, “This memorial stands in honor of all the men and women from the Town of Warren who served our country in times of war.”

The undated monument, flanked by shrubbery, stands near a flagpole on a green at the intersection of Kent Road (Route 341) and Cornwall Road (Route 45).


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Stiles Judson Fountain, Stratford

Stiles Judson Fountain, StratfordThe fountain on the West Broad Street green in Stratford honors state legislator and attorney Stiles Judson.

The fountain, at the west end of the green, features a bronze bust of Judson on its east face above an inscription reading, “Gift to his native town.”

The monument’s west face bears a dedication reading, “Stratford honors itself by accepting this memorial from Stiles Judson, a gifted son, a public official true to every trust, an able laywer, and a loyal citizen.”

The fountain, which was dedicated in 1916, included drinking troughs for horses on its sides, and troughs for dogs on its front and rear faces. The fountain is not active today (the troughs contain water, but you wouldn’t want to drink it).

Stiles Judson Fountain, StratfordThe fountain was designed by sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt, whose other works include the Nathan Hale statue at Yale, the Andersonville Boy monument on the grounds of the state capitol, the Hive of the Averys monument in Groton, and a number of other works.

When it was dedicated, the fountain stood at the eastern end of the green, directly across from St. James Church. It was moved to the western end when Stratford’s War Memorial was dedicated in 1931.

Stiles Judson (1862-1914), was a Stratford native who practiced law in New Haven and Bridgeport. He served as state’s attorney for Fairfield County, and represented Stratford for several terms in the state House of Representatives and Senate.

Stiles Judson Fountain, StratfordJudson financed the construction of the fountain honoring him with a bequest in his will. Pratt was paid $5,000 for the fountain (nearly $100,000 today).






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Stiles Judson Fountain, Stratford