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Dave Pelland on September 16th, 2009

The town of Harrison, N.Y.,  honors World War I veterans with a monument topped by a famous Doughboy statue. The monument, dedicated in 1939, features a version of a Doughboy statue by sculptor E.M. Viquesney that is known formally as the “Spirit of the American Doughboy.” At least 138 other versions of this statue are […]

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Dave Pelland on September 2nd, 2009

A granite infantry soldier stands atop a Civil War monument on Clinton’s Liberty Green. The monument, dedicated in 1911, features the soldier and a granite base with curved sides that narrows toward the figure. A bronze plaque on the front (south) face reads “Erected by the Woman’s Relief Corps and the citizens of Clinton in […]

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Dave Pelland on August 26th, 2009

The town of Easton honors veterans of the World Wars and Korea with bronze plaques mounted on stone bases in two locations. Veterans of World War II and Korea are honored with a large monument outside Town Hall on Center Road. A dedication on the front (northwest) face of the undated monument reads “Lest we […]

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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 June 22nd, 2009

A collection of three  monuments honoring service in the two World Wars and Korea stand in front of Wallingford’s town hall. The World War I monument features two large bronze plaques, each with three columns listing local residents who fought in the conflict. The middle panel bears a dedication “in honor and in memory of […]

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Dave Pelland on June 17th, 2009

A collection of monuments on Veterans’ Memorial Green along Washington Street in Middletown honors those who served in the Civil War, the two World Wars, Korea and Vietnam. A 1904 monument near the western end of the green honors the 24th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, a Civil War unit that fought primarily in Louisiana. The monument […]

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Dave Pelland on June 9th, 2009

On Sunday afternoon, Norwalk returned an 1878 French cannon to the top of the World War monument on the city’s green. The cannon, which had been captured by German forces in World War I and recaptured by the French, was presented as a gift to the city of Norwalk in 1921. The cannon stood atop […]

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Dave Pelland on May 29th, 2009

An 1871 obelisk and two cannons on Woodbury’s South Green honor the sacrifice of local residents killed in the Civil War. The understated design of the monument predates the popularity of adding figures to the tops of Civil War monuments, and the Woodbury monument is similar to obelisks erected in North Branford and Northfield (both […]

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Dave Pelland on May 27th, 2009

Watertown honors the sacrifice of its Civil War veterans with a 1908 monument rising above DeForest Street (Route 6). The monument features a round granite column topped by a bronze eagle. The front (southeast) face of the shaft is decorated with three wreaths and two flags rising above the dates of the Civil War. The […]

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Dave Pelland on May 22nd, 2009

Several monuments honoring the wartime service of local residents grace Coe Memorial Park in downtown Torrington. At the north end of the park, near the intersection of Main Street and Litchfield Turnpike, stands the Wolcottville Soldiers’ Monument, which reflects the name of the city during the monument’s dedication in 1879. The monument, with an uncommon […]

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