Special To The Herald
NEW BRITAIN- A dedication ceremony to honor veterans who have participated in the Global War on Terror will be held on Tuesday in commemoration of the 17-year anniversary of Sept. 11.
The monument, according to the City of New Britain, will be one of “only a few” in the United States.
The ceremony was announced by city Mayor Erin Stewart, chairman of the Veterans Commission and members of the T.G.M. Northwest Veterans Post and will be held at Central Park on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.
“New Britain has always had a rich tradition of honoring the men and women who served and continue to serve our country,” Stewart said in a press release. “We are proud to continue this legacy by honoring a new generation of veterans who have taken the oath to serve and who have helped to protect our liberties and democracy.”
The statue will stand alongside the Vietnam, World War II and Korean war memorials.
The monument has been long anticipated by the city, as the Northwest Veterans post has been fundraising money for its creation since 2016.
“They’re really trying to tie the newer veterans to all the people who came before them,” New Britain’s Veterans Affair Clerk Sandy Keefe said. “Sometimes people think of veterans as people from a long time ago, but yet there are people out there fighting right now.”
The newfound memorial will also become part of the New Britain Veterans and Memorial Day Services that take place in November and May.