This week we took a look at how the town of Windsor elected to memorialize the war. When taking a deeper look at these monuments and memorials in the town of Windsor we really the see precedent of respect that the town has placed upon revering its soldiers.
One noticeable memorial that cannot be missed by anyone traveling from the east to Loomis’ campus is the Deerfield Globe. This memorial is 3.5 feet tall and stands upon a cement base. Originally memorialized in the 1950s by the Town of Windsor, this memorial honors all WWII Deerfield veterans. The structure contains 144 hand-carved wooden blocks. The metal role displaying names of those World War II veterans from Deerfield initially covered the façade of the globe; however, due to the toll taken upon the memorial by the elements, the names enfacing the globe became lost with time. Repairs were made to the globe in 1993 to reinstall a new bronze plague containing names of the Deerfield District of Windsor’s World War II veterans.
Another monument that we struggle to look past if we are ever travelling on Broad Street or stopping by CVS is the Windsor World War II Monument. This beautiful monument memorializes thirty-five Windsor soldiers who fought to defend the United States in World War II. The structure of this monument consists of carved granite stone and a bronze plague stating the names of these brave soldiers. The plague on this monument also contains the inscription, “In Memory of the Gold Star Casualties of World War II.” This “gold star” term is one very relatable to the town of Windsor. After a family lost a son at war, they would place a gold star in their front window at home, something known to be all to familiar to the town of Windsor.
A vital player in the beginning and erection of war memorials in Windsor is Loomis’ own
Evelyn Longman Batchelder. Mrs. Batchelder is most well known for her sculptures of war memorials and monuments that remember the veterans and lost soldiers of Windsor, Hartford, and the United States as a whole. One of her own works can be seen on campus tucked under the front side of Longman Hall. Her “Victory of Mercy” memorializes the lost boys and men of Loomis Chaffee in the struggles of war. Evelyn Longman Batchelder made a strong presence in the town of Windsor with her sculptures as well. Having contributed to monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, Mrs. Batchelder consistently showed the precedent she placed on her work for memorializing those nearest to her heart, the veterans of Windsor and the lost souls of the Loomis Chaffee School.
We found a very powerful presence that coincided with examining these memorials. The more we began to look deeper into the war memorials of Windsor, and as we took the opportunity to walk down to the memorials and examine them ourselves in person, we discovered the strong sense of community that exists in Windsor. This supportive and tight-knit community of Windsor began to form an even greater bridge and bond with Loomis as the strife of war became even more prominent.
http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/digital/vet_memorials_in_town_of_windsor_publication.pdf http://www.windsorhistoricalsociety.org/batchelder_collection_tour_2014.html http://www.cwhf.org/educational-resources/historic-sites/batchelder/#.Vz27frQm-04