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Wednesday October 24 – Catherine Deichmann “World War I 1918-1919

“IN COMMEMORATION OF LOYAL SERVICE”: 

Mystic, Memory, and the Great War

 On November 11, 1928, hundreds of citizens from Mystic and surrounding towns gathered between the state highway and the Baptist Church to celebrate the dedication of a new addition to the local landscape, a monument to the veterans of the World War.  Designed and built under the leadership of the local American Legion post, and entirely community-funded, the granite and bronze tablet memorializes more than two hundred soldiers and sailors, mariners and nurses, who at some point in their lives had a Mystic connection. 

Ninety years have passed.  Trees threaten to eclipse the site, and traffic speeds up and down Route 1 without noticing it or remarking its significance.  As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that brought an end to the Great War, we’ll take a closer look at this monument, how it came to be, and the men and women it calls us to remember.