The Fort Griswold Monument in Groton was the site of a ceremony commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II on Friday, August 14th. Hosted by the City of Groton in conjunction with the SUBVETS, American Legion and Fleet Reserve, the public ceremony honored the courage, sacrifice and service of the men and women of the “greatest generation.” Speakers addressed the ending of the war from the local perspective of civilians, military and Electric Boat.
Visit the Day online or Groton’s “Summer in the City” page for more details.
Meanwhile, across the river, New London welcomed the Coast Guard barque Eagle back to its homeport at City Pier after a summer of training exercises, just as New London received its new designation from the US Coast Guard as a “Coast Guard City.” The designation, as noted in the Day, recognizes the long term relationship between New London and the Coast Guard stretching back to 1790. “The event brought together a Who’s Who of Connecticut’s government and Coast Guard officials,” including Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz and City Council President Wade Hyslop, who noted that the designation is “bestowed upon only a handful of cities, and New London is proud to be one of them.”