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Dedication of 'Bataan Corregidor Memorial Bridge' in Simsbury Set for Saturday

World War II veteran Dan Crowley
World War II veteran Dan Crowley

This weekend, state and local officials will honor Simsbury veteran Dan Crowley and other World War II veterans who fought in the Battle of Bataan and the Battle of Corregidor. 

From 2 to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, a ceremony will be held for the naming of the bridge on Route 185 in Simsbury the “Bataan Corregidor Memorial Bridge” in memory of those who fought and lost their lives at the Battle of Bataan and the Battle of Corregidor in 1942 during WWII. State Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) will host the dedication ceremony.

Crowley who advocated the dedication will speak, along with Witkos, state Rep. John Hampton, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and First Selectwoman Mary Glassman.

The ceremony will also include: 

  • Flyover by the Yankee Clippers
  • Members of the Marine Corps, CT National Guard and Boy Scouts of America, Troop 76 in attendance
  • Musical performances by  Jim Martocchio, George Matt, Robert Scalla, Steve Curylo and the Simsbury Light Opera Company
  • Blessing of the bridge
  • Ribbon cutting
  • Bugle Taps

The ceremony takes place at Pinchot Sycamore Park on the east side of the bridge, Route 185/Hartford Road.  

This event is open to the public and  parking is available at Abigail’s Grille and Wine Bar located at 4 Hartford Road, through 4 p.m.

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