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Dave Pelland on July 21st, 2009

Bridgeport has honored the memory of circus showman, mayor and philanthropist P.T. Barnum with a statue at the intersection of Iranistan Avenue and Soundview Drive in Seaside Park. The P.T. Barnum statue, which faces south, depicts a seated Barnum with a book in his left hand. An inscription at the bottom of the base lists […]

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Dave Pelland on July 20th, 2009

The Perry Memorial arch in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park stands at the park’s main entrance, at the foot of, naturally enough, Park Avenue. The granite archway was dedicated in 1918 to honor William H. Perry, who had served as superintendent of the Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Company, a sewing machine producer that would later be acquired […]

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Dave Pelland on July 17th, 2009

An 1878 monument at the northeast corner of a park in the Danielson section of Killingly honors the service of local residents in the Civil War. The somewhat understated Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument features a bronze infantry solider standing atop a four-sided granite base. The front (northeast) face of the monument bears the dedication “Erected […]

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Dave Pelland on July 15th, 2009

An 1876 monument in Ansonia’s Pine Grove Cemetery honors the service of local heroes killed in the Civil War. The monument features a statue of an artillery officer standing atop a granite base. A dedication on the rear (south) side of the monument reads “Ansonia’s tribute to the memory of her sons who gave their […]

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Dave Pelland on July 13th, 2009

North Canaan honors local veterans and war heroes with a large monument, topped by a Doughboy statue, that was dedicated in 1928. The monument, at the intersection of East Main Street (Route 44) and Granite Ave.,  features a bench-shaped base comprised of individual stones, rather than the more-common granite base typically seen on war memorials. […]

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Dave Pelland on July 6th, 2009

A large bronze and granite monument in Bridgeport’s Mountain Grove Cemetery honors local Civil War dead buried in distant battlefields. The Pro Patria (“For One’s Country” in Latin) monument was dedicated in 1906 by the local Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) post, with funding help from the state. The front (south) face of the […]

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Dave Pelland on July 3rd, 2009

Today, on the 146th anniversary of the conclusion of the Battle of Gettysburg, we look at a monument dedicated to Cornwall Hollow native Major General John Sedgwick, who fought at Gettysburg and was later killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (Va). Gen. Sedgwick, nicknamed “Uncle John” by his troops, is honored in his […]

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Dave Pelland on July 1st, 2009

The more than 6,800 Americans killed in the World War II battle for the island of Iwo Jima are honored at the National Iwo Jima Memorial on the Newington/New Britain border. The monument, dedicated in 1995 by the Iwo Jima Survivors Association, is similar to the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. Both were […]

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