Plaques and Recognition
War Memorial Presidents Plaque
This is a chronological list of the citizens who have given
their time and effort to continue to lead the War Memorial in its
mission "To Honor the Dead...to Serve the Living".
World War I Honor Roll Plaque
This plaque, erected by the Danbury High School Alumni
Association salutes those from the Danbury are who answered the call
to service in WWI.
George E. Ghecas Photograph
As a PGA gold professional, Ghecas (1921-1992) brought his
innovative golf instruction techniques to winter and spring golf
classes at the War Memorial for 30 years. He founded the WAMEGO (War
Memorial Golf Association) whose members referred to him as
"Danbury's Slammin' Sammy Snead". His greatest joy in
teaching golf was introducing beginners to the game. He was a PGA
professional for 35 years and was the pro and manager of the
Sedgewood Club in Carmel, NY, one of the east coast's oldest golf
courses, where his course record 59 stands today.
Ghecas grew up in Danbury, attended
Georgetown University and served in the US Army during World War II
as a demolition expert with the Office of Strategic Services. He
spent time in Egypt where he trained agents for work in occupied
countries, and later parachuted behind enemy lines into Greece,
where he organized guerrilla forces against Germans on the island of
Corfu for 11 months until the country's liberation.
Following WWII, Ghecas fought with
the monarchist forces during the Greek Civil War, and in 1950 he
trained Korean soldiers in hand-to-hand combat and demolitions on
Catalina Island, California in preparation for the Korean Conflict.
He received many ribbons and commendations for his service. He
served as War Memorial President in 1972-1974.
Korean War Plaque
This plaque commemorates the service and sacrifice of Danburians
killed or missing in action during the Korean War.
Daniel A. Garamella Photograph
A staunch supporter of the War Memorial since its early days,
Garamella (1920-1985) was the personification of teamwork. Nicknamed
"Coach" during his 22 years of service as Henry Abbott
Technical School teacher, coach, athletic director and
administrator, Garamella was asked to bring his leadership skills to
the city's Department of Public Works in 1980. In the five years
that followed, Garamella brought teamwork to the department and was
responsible for the largest series of public improvement projects in
the city's history.
After graduating from Arnold College
in New Haven and Receiving a Master's degree from the Central
Connecticut State University, Garamella turned down offers for
professional football and boxing careers to pursue teaching and
public service. He was a Navy veteran and served in the Pacific
Theater in WWII. He had a long involvement in dedicated service to
the War Memorial and served as its President in 1965-1967.
Vietnam War Plaque
This plaque honors the 59 area servicemen who lost their lives
fighting the Vietnam War.
First Lieutenant Lee R. Hartell Photograph
The first and only Danburian to receive the Congressional Medal
of Honor in the post-Civil War era. (See description of Lee Hartell
Progressive Lodge I.O.O.F. Roll of Honor
This plaque was erected to salute eighteen members of the
Progressive Lodge who lost their lives in the Civil,
Spanish-American or World Wars.
George A. McLachlan Photograph & Plaque
As first president of the War Memorial from 1946 to 1952,
McLachlan spearheaded the efforts and guided the plans that erected
the building as a pillar of honor to the dead and service to the
living. The overwhelming success of the War Memorial is a fitting
tribute to McLachlan, his dynamic leadership and untiring efforts
for the betterment of our youth and the citizens of our community.
The War Memorial Time Capsule
The Time Capsule was buried in the year 2001 during the fiftieth
anniversary celebration of the War Memorial. The Time Capsule will
be unearthed at the 100th anniversary celebration in the year 2051.
When it is opened, the contents of the Time Capsule should bring
some of the history of the War Memorial to life.
The World War II Plaque World War Plaque
This plaque honors the 103 departed local heroes of WWII. It was
erected by the City of Danbury and is a focal point of the War
Memorial lobby exhibits.
World War Plaque
This plaque honors thirty five WWI veterans who were killed in
action or died while fighting that war. It is also the sight of an
annual Veterans Day ceremony.