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    Mayor announces Veterans Memorial Hall at City Hall

    (10/16/2006) Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and the Mayor's Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee are creating a new Veterans Memorial Hall at City Hall that will serve as a stately remembrance of city veterans and that preserves two plaques from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

    “We look forward to continuing to honor local veterans for their selfless service to our country,” the Mayor said. “I am especially pleased that the City was able to preserve the memorial plaques from the Coliseum in a place as fitting as City Hall.”

    Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and the committee are issuing a special invitation to the families of New Haven veterans who died in Korea and Vietnam, and whose names will be imprinted on the new wall to join the City’s dedication ceremony Saturday, November 11, 2006, at 12:30 p.m. on the second floor of New Haven City Hall, 165 Church St. The project is sponsored jointly by Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. through the Office of Economic Development and the Mayor’s Veterans’ Affairs Advisory Committee. A PDF of the project is attached.

    The Veterans Memorial Hall will be located on the second floor of City Hall. It incorporates the original 1973 dedication plaque from the Coliseum, and a restored plaque that has engraved names of New Haven veterans who died in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, along with statements from Mayors John DeStefano, Jr., former Mayor Biagio DiLieto and bronze insignias of the military service branches. This polished black granite monument is designed and produced by Dean Sakamoto Architects, LLC of New Haven. Sakamoto serves on the City's Cultural Affairs Commission and the Yale School of Architecture faculty.

    Located in a highly visible area of City Hall's second floor, the monument will be completed by the end of October, in time for Veterans Day.

    “We wanted the Veterans Hall to be featured in a part of City Hall that receives the most traffic,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “We are pleased to have such an elegant place to memorialize our veterans and to continue teaching future generations about those who died in sacrifice for our freedom.” The Mayor thanked the veterans’ committee and Deputy Director of Economic Development Tony Bialecki for coordinating the project.

    Bob Fodero, chairman of the Mayor’s Veterans’ Advisory Committee, is pleased with the project. "The memorial wall and hall are intended to provide a place of remembrance, comfort and reflection for those left behind. It is the hope of our committee that this will also serve as a place of renewal for future generations." Fodero added, “I think veterans will be very pleased that we have recovered the plaques from the Coliseum and transferred the names to this new hall.”

    Judy Williams, a longtime member of the commission, is also pleased with the fruition of the project. She had a brother who died in Vietnam in 1970, and knows many New Haven families who have lost loved ones to war. “It’s extremely important for people to know this is happening,” she said. “This is something we’ve worked hard to save for generations to come.”

    The Mayor said he looks forward to renaming City Hall’s beautiful open atrium as Veterans Memorial Hall. The dedication ceremony is open to the public, but Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. is especially encouraging the friends and family of the veterans honored on the plaque to attend. The project is sponsored jointly by Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. through the Office of Economic Development and the Mayor’s Veterans’ Affairs Advisory Committee.

    Below are the names of the New Haven veterans whose brave service to country is honored in the new memorial:

    KOREAN WAR

    1950 – 1953

    Francis H. Abele

    Robert P. Abele Russell Hancharyk

    Joseph A. Aldo John J. Hughes, Jr.

    Malcolm E. Aldrich Donald L. Humiston

    John J. Barrett, Jr. Stanislaw Klimowicz

    Benjamin R. Bazzell Gerald F. LaCourse

    Richard M. Beam Warren H. Leining

    Joseph E. Bergeron Gordon E. Lyons

    Silas Birchmore, Jr. Roderick MacDonald

    Joseph H. Boucher Edward R. Masiulis

    Augustus W. Cherry Edward J. McDonald

    Victor J. Choiniere Raymond McNamara

    Raymond H. Clayton Albert Medas, Jr.

    Louis Comis Joseph J. Meehan, Jr.

    Bernard D. Cook Richard E. Megin

    Francis E. Crawley Roy T. Merriman

    Jess M. Cushing Paul Monaco

    Alex Danowski Graham B. Munger

    Raymond S. Davis Edmund C. Pallesen

    Dominic Del Vecchio Louis Pascarella

    Donald E. Dibble Donald A. Pina

    Frank J. DiPino Laurence A. Reed

    Joseph V. Docchio John P. Rigney

    Vincenzo G. Donaglia Raymond Rogers, Jr.

    Earle S. Downes Rodney R. Rowe

    Charles E. Downey Dennis R. Rush

    John J. Earley Francis J. Scully

    Colin C. Eccles John B. Sherlock

    Thomas R. Eckert Alfred R. Sims

    Lowell J. Eggert Edwin A. Soares

    Oscar E. Espelin Robert L. Strawson

    Joseph G. Figaro Jake Tyner, Jr.

    Charles H. Fleming Joseph Urbanorwicz

    John C. Forkel Edward Zabilowski

    John J. Garcia

    Joseph J. Gargiulo

    Robert J. Gervais

    Joseph C.M. Gravel

    Charles A. Green

    John S. Grover

    VIETNAM WAR

    1965 ~ 1973

    Everett L. Anderson Calvin E. McGilton

    Arthur W. Bailey, Jr. Alexander J. McGlothin

    Frank A. Barker Francis J. McGouldrick, Jr.

    Calvin Belton William M. Meglio, Jr.

    Samuel W. Brewer Michael G. Mennone

    Creed L. Bryant Frank G. Navarro

    D. C. Carter Henry J. Nelson

    Thomas A. Chialastri George J. Pascale

    Ralph P. Costanzo Joseph A. Pecora

    Kenneth Cushen Anthony A. Price

    James A. Daniels John H. Raber

    Anthony Gianelli Richard J. Regan

    Curtis Good Gary C. Richards

    Albert F. Graham, Jr. Henry M. Robinson, Jr.

    Archie L. Guthrie George A. Shavies

    Edward M. Hardwick Robert A. Tillquist

    Roosevelt Hardy, Jr. Henry L. Whaley

    John J. Illingworth Malcolm G. Williams

    Paul J. Maciuszek Bernard A. Zambrano

    “This memorial is meant to honor those who gave their lives for our country and for our community. It is appropriate that we gather together as a community, united by their selfless sacrifice, to honor the courage and dedication of these veterans. I hope to see the veterans’ families at the ceremony, so that they can feel strength in our proud remembrance, and be comforted by the warmth of our City’s gratitude,” said Mayor DeStefano.

    "The memorial wall and hall are intended to provide a place of remembrance, comfort and reflection for those left behind. It is the hope of our committee that this will also serve as a place of renewal for future generations," said Bob Fodero, chairman of the Mayor’s Veterans’ Advisory Committee. “I think veterans will be very pleased that we have recovered the plaques from the Coliseum and transferred the names to this new hall.”

    Judy Williams, a longtime member of the committee, is also pleased with the fruition of the project. She had a brother who died in Vietnam in 1970, and knows many New Haven families who have lost loved ones to war. “It’s extremely important for people to know this is happening,” she said. “This is something we’ve worked hard to save for generations to come.”

    - END



    Contact Name: Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

    This drawing shows what the Veterans Memorial Hall will look like and includes the names of New Haven veterans who died in Vietnam and Korea. The City hopes all veterans and their families will attend
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    This drawing shows what the Veterans Memorial Hall will look like and includes the names of New Haven veterans who died in Vietnam and Korea. The City hopes all veterans and their families will attend


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