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Bond money coming to Danbury War Memorial

Nearly $1 million is on the state Bond Commission agenda for the Danbury War Memorial.  When the group meets on Friday, they are expected to approve $875,000 to support building a new roof.  The Danbury War Memorial Association is a non-profit recreational and educational facility, governed by a Board of Managers and Trustees. The War Memorial has served greater Danbury since 1951 in offering recreational and cultural activities to the surrounding communities. The logo over the front door, “To Honor the Dead, to Serve the Living" states the purpose of the War Memorial which offers a diversified program of indoor activities, a complete fitness center, and a base for community events.


Representative David Arconti says he is happy that the state has prioritized this project and that a major improvement is on the way for such an important resource for Danbury.  He called it a critical investment for the War Memorial building as it doubles as an emergency shelter.


Representative Bob Godfrey says a leaky roof is not something the delegation wants on the building that also serves as Danbury's principal emergency shelter, and the voting place for the 5th ward.  Godfrey says he is pleased that both Governor Malloy and Lt Governor Nancy Wyman, who've visited the War Memorial, have heard the needs of its Board of Managers and Trustees.


Representative Jan Giegler says it's fitting this announcement comes Memorial Day weekend, when we honor the sacrifice of our veterans, as the War Memorial honors those who gave their lives while also being a gathering place for the community. 


Representative David Scribner says this restoration project is critical for the future of this building.  He added this will make sure it remains a both a place of remembrance and a launch pad of opportunity for residents and organizations for generations to come.


Governor Dannel Malloy, who chairs the Bond Commission says the War Memorial is a place where we pay tribute to the heroes who, over the course of history, have answered the call to serve and defend our country, our state and the values we hold dear.  With that in mind, He says the state is making this investment to preserve this site that demonstrates our appreciation to these men and women and honors their legacy.  Malloy says the funding will also ensure the Memorial remains a center of cultural and recreational activity and programming for individuals and families throughout the Greater Danbury community.

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