Connecticut veterans will soon have a new place to remember their comrades with the development of the Connecticut State Veteran’s Memorial in Hartford’s Minuteman Park.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, officials, and veterans from across the state broke ground on the memorial site on April 22.

The new site is meant to honor the more than 1.3 million Connecticut men and women who have served our military since Revolutionary War times. Officials hope the memorial will provide a site where past, present, and future veterans can take part in official observances, activities, and ceremonies.

Plans were drawn up by BL Companies architectural firm out of Meriden, Connecticut. The designs feature five granite columns, a granite honor wall, benches, specialty lighting, and landscaping.

The Connecticut State Veteran’s Memorial Inc., a tax-exempt, volunteer-run organization, says the memorial is unique in that it will also feature a paver walkway, for which veterans, towns, and families can purchase engraved pavers in honor of individuals or small groups that have served.

Linda Schwartz, Commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Veterans Affairs, says the pavers are beneficial.

“Each engraved paver will be a lasting tribute to the individual veteran, and a meaningful way to help support the establishment of this poignant memorial to all who served,” Schwartz said in a press release Friday.

Each paver costs $150 and can be purchased through the Connecticut State Veteran’s Memorial website or by calling Tammy Marzik at 860-616-3603.

Officials hope to complete construction by the end of 2013.


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