Residents saluting the American flag just before a reading of the Declaration of Independence at Soldiers' Monument on Sunday, July 4.
Residents saluting the American flag just before a reading of the Declaration of Independence at Soldiers' Monument on Sunday, July 4.
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WINSTED — The Soldiers’ Monument Commission held a reading of The Declaration of Independence on Sunday, July 4.
Residents took turns in reading sections of the Declaration in honor of America’s 245th birthday in front of the monument at Memorial Park.
The monument and Winchester Soldiers’ Memorial Park, both located on Crown Street, were dedicated in 1890.
The 44-foot-tall structure, which is the second-highest monument in the state, was built as a tribute to over 300 Winsted Winsted area soldiers who served in the Civil War.
“It’s important to honor our country at any day of the week” Commission Chairman and Selectman Jack Bourque. “The Declaration of Independence is important to July 4th. We want people to come here and remember why July 4th is not just a hamburger and hot dog day. I also want people to remember about the veterans who served their country as well.”
The monument has been closed for repairs this year, but Bourque said that the commission hopes it will reopen by Labor Day in early September.

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