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Tolland council approves Veterans Memorial Park
Journal Inquirer - 7/27/2022
Jul. 27—TOLLAND — The Tolland Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the designation of the Lion's Field area as the Tolland Veterans Memorial Park.
Town Council member Tammy Nuccio expressed her support for this project, saying this is a great idea for veterans. She also said she wants to see the veterans memorial on the Tolland Town Green expanded.
Nuccio, who is also the state representative for the 53rd House District, mentioned the current monument is a start, but "I'd also like to see a nice, strong memorial to our vets on the town green."
Nuccio said the town needs to invest resources in the project to make sure it gets completed and the projects don't get too spread out.
"I think the time has come," Nuccio said.
The plan for the park will create an area for veterans to meet, while the memorial on the town green is also maintained.
Town Council Chairman Steven Jones said the Veterans Recognition Committee is "working diligently with volunteers," and now that the designation is official, they will be able to keep working alongside the town.
"This was seen as a really solid first step," Jones said.
Jones said the new park could end up becoming a gateway for a veterans trail, with accessible walkways from the park to the town green and to the Tolland Military Museum.
Perne Maynard, chairman of the Veterans Recognition Committee, also supported the designation and, as a veteran himself, spoke about plans for the future.
This winter, Maynard plans to digitize the Town Hall's wall of honor, which memorializes Tolland men and women who served or are serving in the U.S. military.
"By digitizing it, more people will be able to see the wall of honor," said Maynard.
In addition to the dedicated park area, the veterans committee announced that it is launching a Tolland Veterans Coffee House — which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Tuesday of each month at the United Congregational Church. The first meeting will be on Aug. 9.
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