Sunday, May 26, 2019

Daytripping on Waterbury Green

A green is the center of Waterbury, Connecticut.

The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is at the north center rim of the green.

Beside the basilica is a monument to Navy Lt. (Rev.) Thomas Conway, a Waterbury priest serving on the USS Indianapolis  The ship was sunk by the Japanese in 1945, and only 317 of the 
1200 men aboard survived.  Chaplain Conway went from sailor to sailor in the waters, 
helping the wounded, administering to the dying and calming the frightened.  
He is credited with saving at least 67 sailors, but he didn't survive. 

Caroline Welton, a wealthy Waterbury native who was an animal lover, left half of her fortune to the ASPCA.  A bequest also funded a fountain for horses on the east end of Waterbury Green.

At the west end of the green there is a big monument honoring Waterbury soldiers
who died in the country's wars.

I played with the photo of the monument's base, using the My Sketch app.


Barbara R. said...

It's great to see the Waterbury green, and each of the historic views. Good post for Memorial Day weekend with the soldiers monument. I wonder when the last horse drank out of that trough...

William Kendall said...

These monuments are impressive indeed.