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Danbury in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)

Monumental Moments

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By Michael Herrick, December 30, 2013
1. Monumental Moments Marker
There are monuments located throughout our city that serve as a reminder of those who have served our country.

The dedication of the Civil War Soldier’s Monument took place on May 27, 1880 in City Hall Square. The 32-foot high granite monument stands at the intersection of Main and West Streets. Its inscription reads: “To our Brothers, Beloved, Honored, Revered, Who Died That Our Country Might Live.” It was a project accomplished mainly by the women of Danbury.

In 1880, West Street Park, at the intersection of West and Division Streets, became home to an Eagle statue, gifted by resident E.A. Housman. The whereabouts of the statue are currently unknown.

Four years later, a bronze and marble statue of President Garfield, assassinated in 1881, was placed at the intersection of West Wooster and Division Streets; in the ‘presidential’ area with Lincoln, Garfield, Jefferson and Washington Avenues nearby. In the 1920s it was moved to West Street Park when an increase in automobile traffic and the need for sidewalks became paramount.

A military parade viewed by 20,000 spectators
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By Michael Herrick, December 30, 2013
2. Monumental Moments Marker
kicked off the 1931 dedication of a “Memorial to Men of All Wars.” Governor Cross and other dignitaries watched as Miss Minnie Moore pulled the rope to uncover the statue sculpted by Donald E. Curran. Miss Moore, daughter of Capt. James E. Moore, had unveiled the Civil War Monument 54 years earlier.

Wooster Cemetery, the largest in our city, pays tribute with the monument to General David Wooster, unveiled in 1854 that marks his grave. Danbury’s ”Memorial to Her Soldiers and Sailors who Rest in Unknown Graves” was dedicated in 1894.

Rogers Park is the location of prominent monuments. The Vietnam War Memorial dedicated in 1988, features a bronze plaque that honors Danbury-area veterans who died in combat or are missing in action. There is also a monument to First Lieutenant Lee R. Hartell who was killed in battle during the Korean War in 1951. Hartell was posthumously awarded The Congressional Medal of Honor and is the first and only Danbury veteran to receive this prestigious award in the post-Civil War era.
Erected by Danbury Museum & Historical Society. (Marker Number 25.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Landmarks. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #20 James A. Garfield series list.
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41° 23.556′ N, 73° 27.216′ W. Marker is in Danbury, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of West Street and Terrace Place, on the left when traveling west on West Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 West Street, Danbury CT 06810, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sporting Life (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Arrivals (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Diversity in Danbury (about 400 feet away); 19th & 20th Century Immigrants (about 400 feet away); Danbury Firsts (about 400 feet away); Danbury Women of Note (about 500 feet away); Danbury City Hall Wall (about 600 feet away); Sybil Ludington (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danbury.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 437 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 12, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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