EXERPT FROM HARTFORD COURANT ARTICLE, JULY 5, 2016EW Veterans Memorial Green Project
In partnership with American Legion Post 40, the commission plans to construct stone tablets honoring the veterans of wars dating back to the American Revolution. In addition, donors can purchase an engraved paver for a path that will lead to the monuments.

When completed, the monuments will be located on the corner of Bridge and Main streets.

Jim Barton, who chairs the Veterans Commission, said besides installing the monuments, the project will revitalize the town’s green and the current monument.

A monolith, installed in 1938, dominates the town green. Two more monuments, one dedicated to WWI veterans, reside outside the town hall in Broad Brook. The eight new tablets will “enhance” the monolith at the town green and will be stones dedicated to veterans from all past conflicts, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The tablets will stand six feet tall and will be dedicated to major American conflicts. The names of service members who perished will be inscribed on the stones, along with an appropriate date, a quote from the period and insignia from a military branch.

New landscaping is included in the design. Overgrowth and old shrubs and plants will be removed. The green will be more attractive for Memorial Day services or concerts and other events hosted by the parks and recreation department.

“The monuments to the veterans needed to be enhanced,” said Barton.


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