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 Dead...to
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
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.