LORDSHIP MEMORIAL GREEN

Lordship Memorial Monument

1949 Memorial Green Dedication

February 25, 1949: WAR MEMORIAL FOR LORDSHIP ORDERED: The contract for a war memorial to Lordship men who served in World War II has been let by the Lordship Volunteer Fire Department to the Honeyspot Monument Works, the fire department announced yesterday. A Vermont granite shaft six feet high, two feet across and 40 inches thick will be inscribed; Dedicated to the residents of Lordship who served in World War II. The shaft will be placed on the green at the intersection of Stratford Road and Pauline and Jefferson Streets. Public response in Lordship to a bazaar held last summer to raise money to buy coats and boots for the firemen was so great, a fire department spokesman said that the volunteers voted to spend the money in excess of the cost of the equipment for a memorial to Lordship men. Note: Honeyspot Monument Works also made the Babe Ruth monument in Yankee Stadium.

MAY 30, 1949 - LORDSHIP UNVEILS HEROES MEMORIAL: 1,000 Participate in Dedicating Shaft to Six Killed In War: We live in a world of tension and crisis, we are living in peace, a troubled peace, in a restless world, Colonel Raymond Watt, commanding officer of the 242nd AAA Connecticut National Group and secretary to Congressman John Davis Lodge, said at dedication exercises of a granite war memorial in Lordship yesterday afternoon. The memorial, a six foot granite shaft, erected by the Stratford Volunteer Fire Company No. 3 in memory of the residents of the Lordship district of Stratford who served in World War II has inscribed on it the names of six youths of the area who paid the supreme sacrifice, Joseph W. Costello, William C. Hall, Robert J. Jacob, John L. Redman, Frank L. Sharron and Richard V. Tiburzi. More than 1,000 persons participated in the first ceremonies of its kind ever to take place in the Lordship district. The program started with a street parade from the Lordship firehouse east on Prospect Drive to Stratford Road to the intersection of Stratford Road, Pauline and Jefferson Streets, where the memorial had been set in place by Nicholas Torsiello of the Honeyspot Monument Works, designers of the shaft. Town Manager Harry Flood, Council Chairman Peter Ring, Junior Councilman Frank Larkin, Seventh district and Colonel Watt led the parade formation followed by four jeeps carrying the National Guard firing squad commanded by First Sergeant Joseph Kundruth. A Girl Scout carrying a wreath flanked by a Boy Scout and Sea Scout followed the National Guard with the members of the Volunteer Fire Company led by their colors bringing up the rear of the First division. The high school band directed by Robert Lenox led the second group followed by the Anderson-Dunn-Kochiss Post, American Legion, Honor Guard, colors led by Joseph Barrett, commander and the Raymond Goldbach Post, VFW, drill team led by Hugh Hoyt commander. The final section of the parade was led by the Lordship School Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps and was followed by members of the Lordship Boy Scout, Girl Scout and Sea Scout organizations. Frederick Biebel Sr., chairman of the War Memorial committee opened the ceremonies at the Memorial Green where a grandstand had been erected for the occasion, by introducing Mr. Ring who acted as master of ceremonies. Mr. Ring expressed the hope the ceremonies would be continued each year in memory of those who gave so much that we might enjoy the fruits of freedom. Mrs. Martha Purcell, accompanied by the high school band sang the Star Spangled Banner and the Reverend Dale Beittel, Pastor of the Lordship Community Church, gave the invocation. The high school band followed with the playing of a hymn and Mr. Flood congratulated the spirit of the Fire Department members in contributing the memorial to the community. Mrs. Catherine Hamlin president of the Gold Star Mothers Organization in the area was introduced. Captain James Atkins of the volunteer fire company made the formal presentation of the monument which was unveiled by two members of the organization after which a memorial wreath was placed at its base by a delegation of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Sea Scouts. Commander Barrett read the American Legion Memorial service. Commander Hoyt expressed the pleasure of this organization in being able to participate in the services. The Reverend John Walsh, Pastor of Our Lady of Peace Church, pronounced the benediction followed by the firing of a volley by the National Guard firing squad and the sounding of Taps by Anthony Malafronte Jr. The high school band furnished music for singing of America the Beautiful and the services concluded with the raising of the colors to full staff. At the close of the ceremonies Mr. Ring announced that a Mass in memory of deceased servicemen will be celebrated in Our Lady of Peace Church this morning at 8 am by Father Walsh. Colonel Watt said, We are gathered here to honor boys who died much too young. Will we measure up to the lessons they have written for us in their lifes blood? They died with faith that we who live would carry on, to redeem their sacrifice and build a better world for posterity. Thanks to the heroic dead who fought to preserve our nation at various times in our history, we live a noble heritage.

1943 Lordship Memorial

1943 Lordship Memorial

1949 Memorial Green Dedication

1949 Memorial Green Dedication

1947 Lordship Green

1947 Lordship Green

Lordship Green 1947

Lordship Green 1947

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Memorial Dedication

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War Memorial

1958 Memorial Service

1958 Memorial Service

MAY 25, 1951 - JAMES HARTMAN TO SPEAK AT FIREMEN'S MEMORIAL: James R. Hartman, survivor of the Bataan "Death March", will be the principal speaker at the Memorial Sunday exercises to be sponsored by the Lordship Volunteer Fire Company Sunday at 2:30 pm., Fred K. Biebel, Sr., chairman has announced. There will be a parade from the Lordship firehouse along Prospect Drive to Stratford Road to the War Memorial at Pauline Street and Jefferson Street. The American Legion drum corps, Blessed Sacrament drum corps of Bridgeport and the Lordship School band will provide music. In the parade will be Town Manager Harry B. Flood, members of the Town council, Police Chief Patrick J. Flanagan, members of Raymond T. Goldbach post, VFW, with color guard and auxiliary, Stratford Navy Mothers, Lordship Brownies, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cubs and Sea Scouts, Auxiliary police, Fairfield Fire department, Lordship Fathers Club and Marine Corps league. Mrs. E. A. Vickery will sing the National Anthem and the Rev. John F. X. Walsh, pastor of Our Lady of Peace Church, the Rev. Buckner Coe, pastor of the Lordship Community Church, and Irving Block, rabbinical student, will speak. Anthony Malafronte, Jr., will sound taps.

May 22, 1952: MEMORIAL PARADE: The annual Memorial parade sponsored by the Lordship Volunteer Fire department will be held this year on Sunday, May 25 at 2:30 pm. The parade will begin at the skating arena, proceed up Washington Parkway to Prospect Drive and continue along Prospect Drive down Stratford Road to the monument on the green between Pauline and Jefferson Streets. The line of march will be as follows: Division one, town officials, recruiting officers, Stratford American Legion Drum Corps, Lordship Volunteer Fire Company 3, Raymond Goldbach Post Drill team; Division two, Stratford PAL Drum Corps, Chateau Thierry Detachment, Navy Mothers, Lordship Boy Scouts, Lordship Cub Scouts Troop 77, Lordship Girl Mariners. Division three, Lordship School band, Raymond Harris Post Honor Rifle Platoon, Stratford Sea Scouts, Lordship Girl Scouts, Lordship Brownie Troop 73, Stratford Red Cross Motor Service; Division four, Chandro Girl Baton Twirlers, Milford Scout Trumpet Band, Raymond Goldbach Post Color Guard, Lordship Fathers Club and the Lordship Little League. Rev. John Walsh and Rev. Buckner Coe will lead the invocation and benediction. Mrs. Alfred Woolard will sing our national anthem preceding the ceremonies. Trophies will be awarded to the various bands and marching units participating in the competition. This years parade is expected to be the biggest and best thus far. The guest speaker will be Dr. William Janson of the Janson Laboratories in Westport. Co-chairmen of the parade are John Herman and Daniel McCoart.

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Lordship Parade

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Lordship Parade

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Honor Guard

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Marching band

The Lordship Honor Roll

Honor Roll

April 23, 1943: LORDSHIP WILL DEDICATE ITS COMMUNITY HONOR ROLL SATURDAY: Charles Lindstrom Will Present It And Councilman Ring Accept It: Governor Baldwin To Be Speaker: Impressive ceremonies will be held at 2:30 pm in the afternoon at the Lordship Center flag pole when the Lordship Honor Roll will be dedicated honoring all men and women serving in the armed forces. Prominent citizens who will take part in the program include Governor Raymond Baldwin, Major William Austin, commanding officer at a nearby Army Air Base, Councilman Peter Ring, Reverend Dr. John Anderson of Saint James Church and Reverend Arthur Thomsen of Lordship Community Church. The program will open with the singing of America sung by Mrs. Mary Hill Hinchcliffe and the raising of the American flag by a color guard composed of Boy Scouts. The Rev. Thomsen will offer the invocation. Charles Lindstrom, president of the Lordship Improvement Association will present the Honor Roll to the community and Councilman Ring will make the acceptance speech. Major Austin will be presented and following his address Governor Baldwin will be presented as orator of the day. The Rev. Anderson will offer the benediction and the concluding number will be The Star Spangled Banner sung by Mrs. Doris Woolard. Donald Sammis has been chosen as master of ceremonies with Albert Woolard chairman of the Honor Roll committee, assisted by Mrs. Charles Hubbard and William Jacob. In the event of rain the ceremony will be held in the Lordship School.

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April 30, 1943: LORDSHIP HONOR ROLL UNVEILED ON SUNDAY BY MOTHER AND SON: Home on leave, Wymer Donaldson was a central figure on Easter Day when Lordship dedicated its community Honor Roll to residents of the Tenth District who are with the armed forces. He and his mother, Mrs. Fred Donaldson of 1165 Jefferson Street, pulled the cords which unveiled the tribute to soldiers, sailors and marines. Wymer is a signalman, 3rd class in the United States Navy and already is a veteran of three major sea battles. He is one of four Donaldsons under arms; his three brothers are somewhere outside the continental United States. More then 500 spectators gathered on Sunday afternoon in honor of those whose names are on the roll. Donald Sammis presided at the dedication. Charles Lindstrom, president of the Lordship Improvement Association presented the Honor Roll to the community and it was accepted on behalf of the citizens by Councilman Peter Ring. Governor Raymond Baldwin was orator of the day. Another address was made by Major William Austin in command of troops at an air base near here. Vocal and instrumental music were furnished by Mrs. Mary Hinchcliffe, Miss Beatrice DonCourt, Mrs. Doris Woolard and the Blessed Sacrament Fife and Drum Corps. The name of Edmund Jessel of Victoria Lawn was omitted from the Honor Roll, through no fault of the committee in charge. His name will be added as soon as possible. To have names added to the Honor Roll get in touch with William Jacob.

BALDWIN

Governor Raymond Baldwin

SAMMIS

Donald Sammis

RING

Councilman Ring

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