Danbury Toasts Purple Heart Recipients With Special Parking Spots

by Nicole Zappone Danbury Daily Voice (Tuesday, 8/9/16)

DANBURY -- As it was officially declared a "Purple Heart City," Danbury set aside two special parking spots at the War Memorial reserved just for veterans who were wounded in combat.

Mayor Mark Boughton presented the Purple Heart City proclamation at a dedication Sunday of the Combat Wounded Parking Spaces at the Danbury War Memorial at Rogers Park.

"It is my pleasure and honor to be here today, to be able to thank and memorialize the contributions that our veterans that have made throughout Danbury and the United States," said Boughton.

John A. Kwiatkowski, state commander for the military order, was presented with the proclamation at the ceremony.

The drive to establish Danbury as a Purple Heart City was spearheaded by local resident Lee Teicholz, whose father, William, received two Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in France and Germany during World War II.

The ceremony opened with a welcome with Mary E. Teicholz, and honor guards from Danbury Police Honor Guard. The many veterans in the crowd raised their hands and received a round of applause.

The invocation was done by Deacon Richard P. Kovacs from St. Gregory The Great Roman Catholic Church. "We're not at Mass, but at a blessing of the purple heart parking spaces," Kovacs said.

"On the way down here from church, tears came to my eyes knowing how the people in Danbury have sacrificed and how we have dedicated these purple heart parking spaces," he said. Kovacs also led a short prayer thanking those in service and those who couldn't attend who have received the Purple Heart.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Steven Johnston, and Maggie Cortese sang the National Anthem.

A 3-Volley Salute was done by the Danbury Police Honor Guard, while Ken Post from Danbury Council of Veterans performed "Taps."

Speakers included Boughton, Kwiatkowski, Teicholz and Ret. Lt. Col. Michael Zacchea.

The ceremony ended with a ribbon-cutting at the two designated Purple Heart parking spots. Dan Hayes from the War Memorial cut the ribbon with Teicholz. Kwiatkowski, Zacchea and Boughton.

"The Purple Heart award is the oldest medal we have in the military -- started by General Washington. He recognized those who were wounded in battle and that is how the award was founded," Boughton said.

Please visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/combatwoundedparking for more information.

Click here to watch the dedication ceremony on YouTube.

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.