World War I Memorial.


West Haven, Conn., World War I Memorial

West Haven, CT

When I was a child in the '50s we would watch the parade on Memorial Day. Afterwards people would gather at "The Statue" on the Green across from City Hall and someone would give a speech. I would wonder what it was all about. Years later, I came back and found out.

It is both a memorial and an honor roll. Plaques around the base contain the names of 27 men who lost their lives in the war.

It was conceived, planned and erected as a joint project between local businesses, law enforcement and The American Legion.

The site was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1928.

The memorial was dedicated with a parade and service on Nov. 11, 1928, the 10th anniversary of what was then known as Armistice Day.

Memorial base.

Memorial statue.
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