Date: Fri 02-Oct-1998
New Plaques Added To Main St Memorial
BY STEVE BIGHAM
Workers were busy at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Main Street last
week installing plaques commemorating those Newtown residents who served
during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Two new bronze markers weighing more than a ton each were planted in the
ground. The only monument still missing is one honoring those who served in
the Persian Gulf War, according to Ernest Ingram of the Veterans of Foreign
War (VFW) Post 308.
The installation of the Korean and Vietnam monuments was a long time in
coming. The town and the VFW were able to update the area at the northern end
of Main Street after receiving a $16,450 Local Capital Improvement (LoCIP)
grant from the state in 1993. Veteran Mike Porco got the ball rolling and Dick
Bussman and Ernest Ingram saw it through to the end.
Organizers worked hard to ensure they had all the names of those who served
during the two wars before creating the plaques. A request was issued in The
Newtown Bee last year for anyone who knew of a Newtown resident who had
served, but was not on the list of local Korean and Vietnam war veterans.
"We wanted to make sure we didn't miss anybody," said Mr Ingram, who served
during the Vietnam War.
The project was organized by the Veterans Memorial Society.
The monument was purchased from Hughes & Chapman Monument Company. The
installation was done by Carol Selvagg, a stone cutter from Barre Granite of
Other improvements included repairs to the existing monuments, installation of
new walkways, stone benches and landscaping.