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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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Bill Sarno/CTLatinoNews.com

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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Leading Republican: Borinqueneers Monument Noble But Not With State Funding

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Bill Sarno

CTLatinoNews.com

Editor’s Update: On Tuesday, July 12, the $300,000 for the monument in New Britain honoring the ‘Borinqueneers’ was approved.

For members of Connecticut’s Puerto Rican community who have been working for several years to create a memorial park in New Britain  to honor the 65th Regiment Infantry “Borinqueneers,” it is a recognition that is needed, warranted and should become a reality as soon as possible.

However, a leading Republican legislator last week said a proposed grant for a monument in the park is among the items for state bonding allocations that are unjustified and reflect Democratic financial mismanagement.

“Projects like this monument can be paid ...

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