- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A new memorial dedicated to Connecticut’s veterans has been officially opened to the public at a Hartford park.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday the memorial is a tribute to the more than 1.3 million people from Connecticut who have served in the various service branches going back to the Revolutionary War.

The memorial had been planned since 2007 and features pillars representing the five branches of the military, large stones representing U.S. wars and conflicts and smaller stones with the names of individual veterans.

Officials say construction of the memorial was made possible by $614,500 in state bonding as well as private donations from companies, foundations, and individuals.

The park is inside Minuteman Park, in front of the William A. O’Neill State Armory.

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