Monument of the Month: Darien's Veterans Honor Roll
The Veterans Honor Roll is located on the Post Road at the Darien Railroad Station.
The present memorial consists of a stone with a tablet containing the names of Darien veterans, who were casualties of World War I and World War II. This tablet also contains the logo of the Darien Kiwanis Club and is surrounded by plantings with a flag pole to the rear and a bench in front.
It is located on CT State Railroad property but is maintained by the town, according to notes by Lawrence McClellan in the archives of the Darien Historical Society.
On Oct. 21, 1942, the Darien Board of Finance appropriated funds for the original wooden Honor Roll Memorial. This original Honor Roll, on which 750 names could be listed, was dedicated one day before the first anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 6, 1942. In 1944, a wing was added on each side of the original and in 1945, the Honor Roll contained 1179 names. It was erected and dedicated in 1945 to all of the Darien men and women who had joined the armed services of the United States of America. Due to issues with the upkeep of the wooden structure, it was removed and the present stone tablet erected.