NEW BRITAIN – Following years of work from legislators both local and statewide, the city finally has a monument honoring the Borinqueneers.
The city is holding a dedication ceremony for 65th Regiment Borinqueneers Memorial Park at 12 p.m. on Saturday. The dedication is a culmination of years of work vying for support at the state level from State Rep. Bobby Sanchez and locally from groups like the Latino Coalition, the Veterans Commission and Parks and Recreation Department.
After the project was granted funding by the state’s bond commission, construction began in August 2017.
In attendance will be; Mayor Erin Stewart; Governor Dannel P. Malloy; Ricardo Rossello, Governor of Puerto Rico; Carmelo Rodriguez, President of the New Britain Latino Coalition; Jenniffer Gonzalez, the 20th resident commissioner of Puerto Rico; Abel Nazario Quinones Senator at Large of Puerto Rico; and several Borinqueneer veterans.
The U.S. Army unit was active in 1899 and officially renamed the Borinqueneers in 1920. The 65th Regiment participated in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.
Fighting in the Korean War, the Borinqueneers were honored with more than 2,700 Purple Hearts, a Medal of Honor, nine Distinguished Service Crosses, more than 250 Silver Stars and more than 600 Bronze Stars.
The monument is located at the intersection of Beaver and Washington streets, and Farmington Avenue - across from the New Britain Fire Department headquarters.
Parking will be severely limited in the surrounding areas. City officials encourage attendees to park at the Badolato, Parking Garage, which is accessible from Washington Street or Columbus Boulevard. Parking is free and complimentary shuttles will be going back and forth from the site between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at email@example.com.