The article, by Angela Carella, one of country’s most respected journalists, reports on a plan to renovate Veterans Park in Stamford. The plan is vague as to detail. Those quoted include one veteran. According the advocate the idea to renovate the park “was spurred by the death of Brian Bill, a local veteran who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.
The park was created in 1975 to honor those who served and died during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The park includes a statue of unnamed doughboy from World War I, seated Lincoln statue and a bronze statue of World War II Medal of Honor recipient Homer L. Wise. Wise came to Stamford in 1942 as a soldier while in training, to visit Madolyn Disesa from one of Stamford’s most prominent families, to whom he became engaged. Wise survived the war though wounded three times.
Following military protocol the statue of Master Sergeant Homer L. Wise faces the memorials of those gave their lives to preserve our democracy.
The sponsors of the project expect to raise $7 million to cover the cost of the entire renovation.
The article said that an amphitheater that would seat 300 to 1000 people will be built for concerts.
The article does not mention how rock concerts would fit in with memorials to those killed in action during recent wars.