NEW BRITAIN â€“ If youâ€™ve ever exited Rt. 9 at Ella Grasso Boulevard, caught a glimpse of the American flags lining the fence in front of you and wondered about the identity of this place, the time has come to learn.
The Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation is introducing free tours of the park at 1 Iwo Jima Way, New Britain, home to a monument built by survivors of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima in remembrance of the 100 Conn. men who gave their lives in the battle.
â€śSince 2020, our new officers and Board of Directors have been rebuilding the foundation and have created new ways to accomplish our mission of educating people on the importance of the battle,â€ť Foundation Secretary Elaine Schieffer said. â€śOur Historical Tours, which began last year, are a big part of that.â€ť
The first tour of the 2022 season is set to take place this Sunday, May 15 from 12 to 2 p.m., weather permitting. Additional tours are scheduled to take place on the following Sundays: June 12, July 10, Sept. 11, Oct. 16, and Nov 13. Tours will be canceled in cases of inclement weather.
The memorial was the vision of Dr. George Gentile, founder of the Iwo Jima Survivors Association and the Foundation. The historical tours will be led by foundation members, who will discuss the parkâ€™s history, the importance of the battle and share insight on the 100 Conn. men who gave their lives.
Foundation President Raymond Carrier is one of the historians leading tours.
â€śOne of our primary missions is to educate our youth as to its importance so there are people to carry on the message after weâ€™re gone,â€ť Carrier said.
For more information, contact Elaine Schieffer at 203-859-4578.
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