Bristol in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
The History of Memorial Boulevard
The road of course is Memorial Boulevard and was officially opened on November 11, 1921, commemorating Armistice Day and the dedication of a new fire house in a "triple celebration". From its entrance at Downes Street to its terminus at Main Street, the road measured 4,400 feet in length and was 100 feet wide with a central plot. The grass and trees were planted after the opening and the mountain laurels were planted in 1931.
The new high school, designed
The World War I monument was designed by Lt. Harold A. Hayden. It consists of a circular base with steps that lead to a five-point star. On the sides of the star are bronze plaques listing all who entered the service from Bristol. Above these names is the inscription "The City of Bristol to honor its residents who served in the world war, here records their names." Above this carved in stone, are the names of those who died with the solemn inscription, " These Gave Their Lives." From the roadway to the tip, the monument is 371/2 feet tall. It was dedicated on Selchepray Day, April 19, 1924. Selchepray Day commemorates the Battle of Selchepray in which eight Bristol men were killed in action, several others wounded and 27 were made prisoners and remained in German prison camps until the Armistice.
Linda Jasinski, Bristol
The writer is vice president of the Bristol Historical Society. Reprinted with permission.
1) "To remember and to honor those from Bristol who served God and their Country in World War II and Korea." 2) The Hiker – Spanish American War Soldier – Given by the Vanesse Family in memory of World War II Veterans – Nov. 12, 1984 3) In Memory of the Revolutionary War Patriots who sacrificed their lives and fortune
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Landmarks • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 41° 40.178′ N, 72° 55.887′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is on Memorial Boulevard 0.2 miles east of East Street, on the right when traveling west. Located in Memorial Boulevard Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol CT 06010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bristol Revolutionary War Plaque (a few steps from this marker); Bristol Persian Gulf War Monument (a few steps from this marker); Bristol World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 1985 Bicentennial Time Capsule (within shouting distance of this marker); Bristol Korean War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hiker (within shouting distance of this marker); Bristol Vietnam Conflict Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Bristol Veterans Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
Also see . . .
1. Memorial Boulevard, Bristol (Part 1). CT Monuments entry (Submitted on October 5, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Memorial Boulevard, Bristol (Part 2). CT Monuments entry (Submitted on October 5, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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