Plaques and Recognition

War Memorial Presidents Plaque
This is a chronological list of the citizens who have given their time and effort to continue to lead the War Memorial in its mission "To Honor the Serve the Living".

World War I Honor Roll Plaque 
This plaque, erected by the Danbury High School Alumni Association salutes those from the Danbury are who answered the call to service in WWI.

George E. Ghecas Photograph
As a PGA gold professional, Ghecas (1921-1992) brought his innovative golf instruction techniques to winter and spring golf classes at the War Memorial for 30 years. He founded the WAMEGO (War Memorial Golf Association) whose members referred to him as "Danbury's Slammin' Sammy Snead". His greatest joy in teaching golf was introducing beginners to the game. He was a PGA professional for 35 years and was the pro and manager of the Sedgewood Club in Carmel, NY, one of the east coast's oldest golf courses, where his course record 59 stands today.

Ghecas grew up in Danbury, attended Georgetown University and served in the US Army during World War II as a demolition expert with the Office of Strategic Services. He spent time in Egypt where he trained agents for work in occupied countries, and later parachuted behind enemy lines into Greece, where he organized guerrilla forces against Germans on the island of Corfu for 11 months until the country's liberation.

Following WWII, Ghecas fought with the monarchist forces during the Greek Civil War, and in 1950 he trained Korean soldiers in hand-to-hand combat and demolitions on Catalina Island, California in preparation for the Korean Conflict. He received many ribbons and commendations for his service. He served as War Memorial President in 1972-1974.

Korean War Plaque 
This plaque commemorates the service and sacrifice of Danburians killed or missing in action during the Korean War.

Daniel A. Garamella Photograph
A staunch supporter of the War Memorial since its early days, Garamella (1920-1985) was the personification of teamwork. Nicknamed "Coach" during his 22 years of service as Henry Abbott Technical School teacher, coach, athletic director and administrator, Garamella was asked to bring his leadership skills to the city's Department of Public Works in 1980. In the five years that followed, Garamella brought teamwork to the department and was responsible for the largest series of public improvement projects in the city's history.

After graduating from Arnold College in New Haven and Receiving a Master's degree from the Central Connecticut State University, Garamella turned down offers for professional football and boxing careers to pursue teaching and public service. He was a Navy veteran and served in the Pacific Theater in WWII. He had a long involvement in dedicated service to the War Memorial and served as its President in 1965-1967.

Vietnam War Plaque 
This plaque honors the 59 area servicemen who lost their lives fighting the Vietnam War.

First Lieutenant Lee R. Hartell Photograph
The first and only Danburian to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor in the post-Civil War era. (See description of Lee Hartell Monument)

Progressive Lodge I.O.O.F. Roll of Honor 
This plaque was erected to salute eighteen members of the Progressive Lodge who lost their lives in the Civil, Spanish-American or World Wars.

George A. McLachlan Photograph & Plaque
As first president of the War Memorial from 1946 to 1952, McLachlan spearheaded the efforts and guided the plans that erected the building as a pillar of honor to the dead and service to the living. The overwhelming success of the War Memorial is a fitting tribute to McLachlan, his dynamic leadership and untiring efforts for the betterment of our youth and the citizens of our community.

The War Memorial Time Capsule 
The Time Capsule was buried in the year 2001 during the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the War Memorial. The Time Capsule will be unearthed at the 100th anniversary celebration in the year 2051. When it is opened, the contents of the Time Capsule should bring some of the history of the War Memorial to life.

The World War II Plaque
This plaque honors the 103 departed local heroes of WWII. It was erected by the City of Danbury and is a focal point of the War Memorial lobby exhibits.

World War I Plaque
This plaque honors thirty five WWI veterans who were killed in action or died while fighting that war. It is also the sight of an annual Veterans Day ceremony.


2020 Upcoming Ceremonies & Events

Maine Day Ceremony, Saturday, February 15th at 10:00 am at the Monument on the corner of West St. & Division St.

Vietnam Memorial Service, Sunday, March 29th at 10:00 am at the Vietnam Monument in Rogers Park.

Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 25th starting at St. Joseph's Church at 6:30 am. Wreath-laying following Church service. The parade steps off promptly at 9:30 am.

Korean Memorial Ceremony, Monday, July 27th at 10:00 am at the Korean Monument in Rogers Park.

World War II Ceremony, Saturday, August 15th at 10:00 am in the Rose Garden at Rogers Park.

Vietnam Moving Wall Ceremony, Thursday, September 24th at 10:00 am in front of the War Memorial Building.

Veteran's Day Ceremony, Wednesday, November 11th at 11:00 am in front of the War Memorial Building.

Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony, Monday, December 7th at 10:00 am inside War Memorial Building.


Contact Info

Danbury War Memorial
1 Memorial Dr
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: (203) 743-3932
Email: Justin Calitro (Director)
or use our Contact Us form.


From New York
Interstate 84 - Exit 5
Straight through stop sign to traffic light
At light take right onto Main Street
Follow to end
Last light on Main Street straight into Rogers Park
War Memorial is the first building on left

From Hartford/New Haven
Interstate 84 - Exit 5
Take right at light onto Main Street
Follow to end
Last light on Main Street straight into Rogers Park
War Memorial is the first building on left

The Danbury War Memorial was built in 1951 and was designed and built in honor of the men and women who fought in World War I and II.  Just after World War II ended, every morning, students at Danbury High School put their pennies and nickels in a pot to fund a memorial to honor those who so recently served their country.