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Dave Pelland on September 29th, 2010

One of Trumbull’s town parks was donated to honor its World War II heroes. Robert G. Beach Memorial Park was dedicated in 1946 to honor Beach and the 21 other Trumbull residents lost in the war. The park’s monument circle features a large boulder with a 1950 dedication plaque explaining that the park was donated […]

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Dave Pelland on September 20th, 2010

An allegorical representation of Liberty again graces the 1876 Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park. Thanks to the Friends of Seaside Park, a replica of a six-foot marble statue representing Liberty was dedicated on Saturday morning at the monument honoring Bridgeport’s Civil War veterans. The original marble statue was removed in the late […]

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Dave Pelland on September 17th, 2010

Ansonia honors veterans lost in the nation’s 20th Century Wars with a collection of monuments near City Hall. Veterans’ Memorial Park, immediately next to City Hall, features a large granite monument inset with three polished black granite panels. A dedication on the front (west) face of the monument’s central section reads, “This memorial is dedicated […]

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Dave Pelland on September 13th, 2010

Bridgeport honors Hall-of-Fame baseball pioneer James O’Rourke with a monument outside the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The bronze statue by West Haven sculptor Susan Clinard was dedicated on late August to honor O’Rourke, who recorded the first hit in the National League in 1876 as part of a career that spanned 23 years. Known as […]

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Dave Pelland on September 10th, 2010

Wolcott honors veterans of the American Revolution, War of 1812 and the Civil War with a granite monument in a small park in the center of town. The Kenea Soldier’s Monument, dedicated in 1916, features an infantry soldier standing atop a relatively simple granite monument. A dedication on the monument’s north face reads, “Presented to […]

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Dave Pelland on September 8th, 2010

A large monument in Groton marks the original homestead of the local branch of the Avery family. The monument, near the intersection of Poquonnock Road and Route 1, marks the site of the “Hive of the Averys,” where Captain James Avery built a homestead around 1650. The site features a tall column topped by a […]

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Dave Pelland on September 6th, 2010

A monument next to the Fort Griswold battlefield  honors Groton’s Civil War veterans. The Gray Soldiers’ Monument was a posthumous gift by Robert A. Gray, a Groton native and Civil War veteran who received a Medal of Honor for courage during fighting at Drewry’s Bluff, Virginia. The monument, which features an infantryman standing atop a […]

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Dave Pelland on September 3rd, 2010

The maritime heritage of Brewster, Mass., is reflected in the number of sea captains, several  lost at sea, who are honored in Brewster Cemetery. During a recent visit to the cemetery, on Lower Road, we found more than 13 graves bearing the names of local captains who were lost or died while abroad. According to […]

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Dave Pelland on September 1st, 2010

The Village of Newfane, Vermont, honors its war heroes and veterans with several monuments on the town common. The 1916 Soldiers’ Monument honors veterans of the Civil War and World War I. The monument, near the intersection of Route 30 and Jail Street, features a bronze infantryman standing atop a granite base. A dedication on […]

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