Sep 16, 2013
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Seymour Celebrates Dedication of Veteran's Park

Seymour Celebrates Dedication of Veteran's Park

Jean Falbo-Sosnovich

The community on Sunday celebrated the completion of a park nearly 30 years in the making, paying homage to veterans of all wars.

About 125 people gathered for the rededication of Broad Street Park at the corner of Broad and River streets. The expanded park features a circular brick walkway, bearing the names of those who served in the various wars. Several benches, new light posts and landscaping, along with a kiosk featuring the names of all those who volunteered their time, were also installed. The new features compliment the refurbished gazebo and war memorial monument sitting before a large flag pole, flying high over the park, overlooking the waterfalls on the Naugatuck River.

The park, the brainchild of Army veteran Al Yagovane back in 1984, came together, thanks to a 100-percent, all-volunteer effort. Yagovane rallied the troops two years ago to make completing what he began 29 years ago a reality. The park committee, comprised of Yagovane, John Behun, Mike Horbal, Sandy Cass, Melissa Gerard, Tom Lavranchuk and Bill Wilkin, along with about 80 volunteers, and several local businesses, pitched in to create a reflective place to honor those who served the country.

“I can’t tell you how much the help and dedication of these volunteers means to me, and they did it to keep the memory alive of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and cannot be with us today,” said Yagovane.

First Selectman Kurt Miller was joined by local dignitaries, including Ansonia Mayor James Della Volpe, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and state Sen. Rob Kane, along with members of the Board of Selectmen, local clergy and former First Selectman Paul Roy, who gave Yagovane the green light to complete the park.

“This park is the true thing that shows what community spirit is all about,” Miller said.

Resident Fredda Peel also received kudos for her generous monetary contribution to the project.

Local Attorney/Board of Education member Fred Stanek served as emcee for the program which included a luncheon to thank the volunteers.

Resident Michael Casey, of the CT. National Guard, said the park is a “fitting tribute honoring the sacrifices so many people made to make our country free,” and was thrilled such a wonderful addition to town was done on an all-volunteer basis.

Read the full article at New Haven Register online.

 

Seymour Celebrates Dedication of Veteran's Park

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