BRISTOL – As part of the culmination of over 18 months of work done by volunteers, staff and commissioner planning, the Veterans Memorial Boulevard Centennial Celebration is coming happening this Saturday.
The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. with a variety of stations, historical exhibits and entertainment to recognize 100 years since the park was founded.
At 1 p.m., Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu will make some opening remarks at the stage. At 1;30 p.m., a performance will be held by Bristol Public Schools students. Walking stations will be open at 2 p.m. along with another performance held by the Bristol Brass and Wind Ensemble. At 4 p.m., the closing ceremony will be held and the celebration will conclude at 5 p.m.
“The Memorial Boulevard has been a wonderful gateway and testament to Bristol’s veterans for decades and we are excited to commemorate its 100th year and ensure younger residents learn and appreciate the stories and sacrifices of the previous generation,” said the mayor. “And, with the addition of the new magnet school, the theater and the bridge improvements, the plan is for the Boulevard to continue its prominent role for another 100 years.”
Stations are spread throughout the entirety of the park, numbering one through eight. Visitors can engage with Bristol history from 1921 to 1925 by learning about area philanthropist and industrialist Albert Rockwell and his land donation to the city. Residents can learn about the Pin Oak trees dedicated as a tribute to 54 area veterans who died in World War I. Station four will discuss the various monuments placed throughout the park. Station five will discuss the future and preservation of the park from 2021 and on. Visitors can be recorded for a time capsule and share what they think the park will look like in 2121.
Vintage vehicles will be shared at station six with the Bristol Auto Club vehicle timeline. Visitors can get a glance of the latest addition to the park in the form of a tree wood carving. At station eight, visitors can take part in games common to the 1920s.