Fallen Sons of Willimantic

 

“Dedicated to the men of the city of Willimantic Connecticut, who made the supreme sacrifice in the cause of freedom…in the flaming crucible of war, these patriots laid down their lives that all these peoples of the Earth might dwell together in peace.”-Willimantic War Memorial Plaque

  1. Joseph O. Aubin
  2. Alek Belko
  3. Percy Brooke
  4. Michael J. Dennehey
  5. Arthur Dion
  6. James P. Flynn
  7. Safron GormalinskiMemorial
  8. William H. Griggs
  9. Edward L. Keeler
  10. Henry Lapan
  11. Morris L. Lappe
  12. Theodore Laprade
  13. Everett C. Lewis
  14. Morris Livezly
  15. Patrick Lynch
  16. Ernest Martin
  17. Fred Messier
  18. Harold L. Moriarty
  19. Paul K. Morrison
  20.  Albin M. Potvin
  21. Cecil H. Prentiss
  22. Edward F. Ryan
  23. James J. Shea
  24. Harold H. Smith
  25. William G. Smith
  26. John J. Squires
  27. William Stygar
  28. Timothy D. Walen
  29. Claude O. Washburn

“This memorial is erected in grateful appreciation by the city of Willimantic, 1953.”-Willmantic War Memorial

The Great War Memorial

Willimantic War Memorial

The little locale is unassuming, peaceful, and radiates a sense of solace. On any given day where the weather is warm people can be seen enjoying themselves in this scenic location. During my visit to this lovely little building the air was pulsing with the muffled sounds of grunge metal music and the chatter of children and their families. Elderly members of the Willimantic sit at the picnic tables on the edge of the little park playing board games and spending the day trading stories. Children play softball and baseball in the diamond located right behind the memorial.

The monument is dedicated to the members of Willimantic who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. The memorial was erected in 1953 and has been updated since.

Located in the Willimantic Memorial Park.

 

The names of the men listed on the plaques may seem anonymous to outsiders but the sacrifice these men made has cemented their place in Willimantic history.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos:

1. Christos Stravoravdis, World War I Memorial, 2014.

2. Dave Pelland,  “Willimantic War Memorial,” CT Memorials.net. Photo. http://ctmonuments.net/2011/08/memorial-park-willimantic (accessed May 20, 2014).

3. Dave Pelland, “Connecticut National Guard Memorial,” CT Memorials. net. Photo, http://ctmonuments.net/2011/08/memorial-park-willimantic (accessed May 20, 2014).