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


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.