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A Labor Of Love – New Britain ‘Borinqueneers’ Monument To Be Dedicated This Saturday


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Scores of dignitaries and officials, including the governors of Puerto Rico and Connecticut, plan to attend the ribbon cutting set for noon, Saturday, April 28 to celebrate the completion of the eagerly awaited  65th Infantry (Borinqueneers) Monument in New Britain, but they will not be the center of attraction.

“The day belongs to the Borinqueneers, their families and veterans,” said Carmelo Rodriguez, chairman of the New Britain Latino Coalition, a local organization which played a key role in the seven-year effort to erect a suitable tribute to the service and sacrifice of the Puerto Rico soldiers, who were assigned to a segregated unit, but fought alongside other ...

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A Step Closer To Reality For New Britain Borinqueneers Monument And Park

 Borinqueneer GB 1When a long-awaited monument to the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, becomes a reality this fall in New Britain it will not just salute the highly decorated fighting unit, but will also honor their Puerto Rican heritage.

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Sketch of the proposed monument and park dedicated to the Borinqueneers in New Britain.

The Puerto Rican heritage of the regiment will be recognized and celebrated in the edifice’s design with architectural flourishes that evoke the island’s history and culture and with the Puerto Rican flag flying next to this nation’s banner above the structure.

Five years in the making, a groundbreaking ceremony for the monument was held on August 5th.  ...

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New Britain ‘Borinqueneers’ Park Clears Yet Another Hurdle

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Connecticut is well on its way to creating a special place to honor the service and sacrifices of the 65th Infantry Regiment, the Borinqueneers, especially with the leaders of the “host city” for the long-awaited monument park, New Britain, agreeing to the importance of having input in the final stages from Latinos who have been spearheading this project for several years.

For a while, the issue of how to accommodate Latino participation in an endeavor which now falls under local government control, posed a stumbling block that could delay the timely completion of a monument eagerly awaited by the state’s Latino community and by the surviving Borinqueneer ...

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