On the heels of the success of the national grassroots effort to award the ‘Borinqueneers” the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, organizers of a memorial park to honor the last segregated military unit in U.S. history say they are more energized than ever.
Isias Diaz, a Board member of the 65th Regiment National Historic Society and its spokesperson, says he and the others have high hopes for what the memorial park can stand for in New Britain.
“This park and memorial, I hope, will one day be compared to the Iwo Jima memorial located right near here in Connecticut. I want it to be iconic, where everyone knows what it means and what it symbolizes,” said Diaz.
The park, described as the first in the nation, has drawn support from a number of community leaders, who include, Rep. Bobby Sanchez, New Britain City Councilman Willy Pabon, …