Norwich Honor Roll
American Legion Proposes New Monument to Honor Town's Vets
Representatives of Norwich's American Legion Post #8 and the Barre-based Rock of Ages company met with the selectboard Wednesday night to discuss the Legion's proposed monument, which will stand on the Tracy Hall lawn near two existing monuments and the flag pole.
The purpose of the new monument is to "recognize the men and women with a Norwich connection who have honorably served in uniform since 1975 at home or abroad, whether in wartime or peacetime in the active force or the National Guard or reserves."
The proposed monument, made from stone quarried in Barre, will be 78 inches tall and sit on a 10-inch base. The estimated cost of the project is about $15,000, of which the Legion has raised about a third.
The Legion has spent the last three years compiling names to inscribe in stone. "It is quite a process without a draft anymore," said Jim Harlow. The last group of vets honored with a town memorial served during the Vietnam era. No one who served after May 7, 1975 has been recognized. To date, the Legion has a list of 50 confirmed names for the new monument and it has 30 more to verify.
The names will be sandblasted into the granite using 3/4-inch tall letters. There will be room for 450 names on the stone. Names can be added to the stone well into the future.
Vets with a Norwich connection, or anyone who knows of a vet with a Norwich connection, can submit names to Demo Sofronas.