Soldiers’ Monument
Soldiers’ Monument
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WINSTED and TORRINGTON — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial Day ceremonies will be held online for both Winsted and Torrington.
In Winsted, the town’s Soldiers’ Monument Commission will be holding a virtual ceremony which will be posted on www.soldiersmonumentwinsted.org.
According to commission member and Selectman Jack Borque, the filmed ceremony will include an introduction by Mayor Candy Perez, a ceremonial flag lowering and raising, a reading of the names of the soldiers from Winsted who died in battle, the laying of ceremonial wreaths at five memorial sites throughout town, along with a poetry reading by Gail Hoxie.
Hoxie won this year’s Memorial Day poetry contest that the commission sponsored.
Technical assistance for the virtual ceremony is being provided by Gilbert School graduates Dylan Avery and Cash Pac.
In Torrington, Mayor Elinor Carbone and the Torrington Veterans Memorial Committee have decided to develop a “virtual parade” slideshow, and a video veterans’ recognition ceremony, to be shared through the City website and local media. To participate, send us a photo of your group or organization showing gratitude for our veterans. Some ideas are holding up a sign with a message honoring our veterans or decorating your home, yard, or vehicle to commemorate Memorial Day. Please, remember social distancing and masking recommendations! Please email your photo(s), including the name of your organization, to the Torrington Veterans Memorial Committee at vetactcom@yahoo.com. The deadline to submit photos is Friday, May 22. Children can get involved by reading the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae and can draw or craft red poppies to wear or display. The virtual parade and veterans’ recognition ceremony will be accessible to view beginning at 9:00 a.m. on May 25 through the City of Torrington’s website, www.torringtonct.org, and will also be broadcast at the same time by Litchfield Cablevision Channel 5 and Torrington Community Radio WAPJ, as well as on Mayor Carbone’s Facebook page.

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