Veterans memorial dedicated during Old Home Day
By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Union - posted Tue., Aug. 23, 2011
The usually-serene Union Town Green was bustling with activity on Saturday, Aug. 20, when the town of Union held its annual Old Home Day event.
A substantial crowd gathered on the green during the morning hours to attend the farmers’ market, to support fundraisers such as the bake sale held by the Congregational Church of Union, to purchase raffle tickets and to drop in on open houses offered by the Union Historical Society and the Union Free Public Library.
This year’s event was marked by a particularly special occasion, as the day’s activities included the dedication of the Union Veterans Memorial.
The last memorial that was dedicated in Union was in 1902, with the placement of the Civil War cannon on the Town Green.
For approximately six years, the Veterans Memorial Committee has been raising private funds, seeking grant monies and obtaining input as it has striven to collect names of veterans that, based on federal parameters, should appear on the memorial.
The VMC unveiled the memorial for viewing during Old Home Day. It was subsequently dedicated by Union First Selectman Albert L. “Andy” Goodhall, Jr. and state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi (R-52nd District), who both thanked the members of the VMC for their endeavors.
Goodhall commended the committee, saying the memorial represented a “great job.” He also referred to the names on the monument, saying, “This is a fraction of the veterans that we have from town. There are also names that are not on this memorial, but should be. Basically, look at this as a work-in-progress.”
Bacchiochi has been working in conjunction with state Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-35th District) and Union officials to bring the project to fruition. “Union can be so proud of raising the money and working together to have this [memorial] here. I am so proud today to see what you have done,” Bacchiochi said.
Following the dedication ceremony, activities commenced in the Town Grove, with food sales and a community picnic. The raffle was conducted and local talent entertained the crowd until the annual softball game kicked off at 3 p.m. at the Union School, when “singles” took on “marrieds,” sparking a little rivalry between long-time friends and neighbors during a light-hearted sporting event.
Old Home Day is an early-morning to late-evening festivity that concludes with an evening dance in the Town Grove. This year, the Union-based Cold Train band performed, featuring lead vocals and harmonica by Tim Goodhall.
Union’s annual Old Home Day event is held on the third Saturday of every August. Visit www.unionconnecticut.org for more information.
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