Waterbury veterans memorial committee

 
 



The Waterbury Veterans Memorial Committee (WVMC) is a group of representatives of local veterans organizations. In existence since WW II, we conduct proper activities during the year to keep alive the memory and sacrifices of veterans of all wars and conflicts. To that end, the WVMC schedules Memorial Day activities in May, Veteran’s Day activities in November, and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on December 7th. We also participate in all types of Patriotic Events throughout the year.


Our Waterbury Veterans Memorial Park on Thomaston Avenue features a display of two 105mm howitzers dedicated to the men from Waterbury who served in WW II and Korea. Another display of a Cobra helicopter honors those soldiers from Waterbury who served in Vietnam. At that park, our committee designed and built a Vietnam Wall which honors the 30 sons of Waterbury who died in Vietnam. Recently we conducted a complete restoration of Waterbury's Civil War Soldier's Monument.

 

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The first Waterbury men to leave City Hall for service in the US Armed Forces in what became World War II were called to duty by the Selective Service on November 19, 1940.  These first men, however, were all volunteers. Many served for almost five years.

Waterbury’s US Navy Louis J. Imperato, ARM2C, one of the first Waterburians to leave for the service, is pictured here in May 1945 with the crew of Naval Patrol Squadron VP-118, Naval Air Station, Camp Kearny, California. Louis is standing, back row, 2nd from right in front of the star.

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