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Dave Pelland on August 25th, 2011

Willimantic 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 […]

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Dave Pelland on August 23rd, 2011

The Frog Bridge in the Willimantic section of Windham provides a quirky look at the town’s history. Officially named the Tread City Crossing, the bridge connects Main Street (Route 66) and Pleasant Street (Route 32), and crosses the Willimantic River. But the bridge, which opened in 2000, is more commonly known for its decorative elements, […]

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Dave Pelland on August 18th, 2011

Coventry honors its Civil War veterans with a simple monument in Nathan Hale Cemetery. The undated Civil War monument, near the monument honoring Hale, features a 30-pounder Parrott Rifle mounted on a granite base. A dedication on the east face of the monument’s base reads, “Veterans, 1861-1865.” Next to the cannon is a triangular metal […]

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Dave Pelland on August 16th, 2011

Nathan Hale is honored in his hometown of Coventry with a large monument in a cemetery that also bears his name. The 1846 monument, near the entrance to Nathan Hale Cemetery on Lake Street, is a 45-foot-tall granite obelisk with Egyptian-themed decorative elements. A dedication on the monument’s east face reads, “Captain Nathan Hale, 1776.” […]

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Dave Pelland on August 11th, 2011

Ellington honors its veterans and war heroes with a pair of monuments on the town green. Veterans of World War I and earlier conflicts are honored with a granite monument, dedicated in 1926, near the intersection of Maple Street (Route 140) and Main Street (Route 286). A bronze marker on the monument’s east face bears […]

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Dave Pelland on August 9th, 2011

Vernon honors its veterans with a memorial hall and several monuments in the heart of its Rockville section. Construction began for Memorial Hall in 1889, and the building was finished a year later. The building originally contained a meeting hall for the local Grand Army of the Republic chapter, a courtroom and municipal offices. Today, […]

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Dave Pelland on August 4th, 2011

Hebron honors its war veterans with several monuments on its Memorial Green. The green, near the intersections of Route 66 (Main Street) and Route 85 (Church Street), features four memorials to veterans from the Civil War, the World Wars, Korea and Vietnam. The newest monument on the green, honoring Hebron residents who died while serving […]

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Dave Pelland on August 2nd, 2011

Yale honors students and graduates killed in the country’s wars with memorials in the lobby of Woolsey Hall. Woolsey Hall’s lobby walls feature large marble slabs, arranged by war, inscribed with the names, military and Yale affiliations, and date and place of death. The Civil War memorial, flanking the corridor between the hall’s rotunda and […]

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