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Dave Pelland on October 24th, 2011

Wilton 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 […]

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Dave Pelland on September 15th, 2011

Waterford honors veterans of the nation’s wars with a collection of monuments in two local parks. Three monuments are featured in a small green in War Memorial Park on Rope Ferry Road (Route 156), near the intersection with Great Neck Road (Route 213). A bronze plaque on a 1975 monument honors local residents who served […]

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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 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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Dave Pelland on July 22nd, 2011

Today we continue our look at the monuments along Bristol’s Memorial Boulevard. The newest Memorial Boulevard monument was dedicated in 2011 to honor Bristol’s Civil War veterans. Bristol dedicated a brownstone Civil War monument in 1866 in the city’s West Cemetery (one of the earliest in the state), and added a the Memorial Boulevard monument […]

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Dave Pelland on July 8th, 2011

New Canaan honors its war heroes with a large Celtic cross on an historic green. The Wayside Cross, at the intersection of Main and Park streets, stands on a corner of the triangular green, surrounded by three churches, known as “God’s Acre.” The Wayside Cross, dedicated in 1923, features allegorical scenes representing the American Revolution, […]

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Dave Pelland on June 9th, 2011

The grave of American Revolution hero Col. William Ledyard is marked with a granite obelisk in the Groton cemetery that bears his name. The monument honoring Ledyard was erected in 1854 next to the original slate gravestone, which had been damaged by souvenir hunters following the colonel’s death during the 1781 Battle of Groton Heights […]

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Dave Pelland on June 3rd, 2011

Local residents killed and wounded during the American Revolution’s Battle of Groton Heights are honored with a large granite obelisk near the site of Fort  Griswold. The Groton Battle Monument, dedicated in 1830, honors the more than 80 men killed defending the fort during a British raid on September 6, 1781. A dedication above the […]

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Dave Pelland on May 25th, 2011

American Revolution General Israel Putnam is honored with a statue in Hartford’s Bushnell Park. The Putnam statue, practically in the shadow of the state capitol building, was dedicated in 1874. The general is depicted, in uniform, cradling a sword in his left hand. Putnam is holding a three-cornered hat in his right hand. The monument’s […]

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