73 Bristol men left their hometown to serve in Company D, 102nd Infantry Regiment of the famous 26th “Yankee” Division.
On April 20-21, 1918, for 24 hours they resisted a German blitzkrieg attack during a historic battle in the ruined village of Seicheprey, France.
Every soldier in the American Expeditionary Force under General Pershing remembered that battle.
Every citizen in the small town of Bristol, Connecticut was stunned by what happened there.
Bristol Remembered the heroism and sacrifices by naming the American Legion Seicheprey Post 2, by publishing letters from France in the newspaper, by greeting returning soldiers with parades, by erecting a monument, by naming Memorial Boulevard.
The Memorial Military Museum will present guest speaker Retired Air Force Colonel Terry Finnegan, who will share stories of the amazing contributions made by Connecticut men.
The program will conclude with school children reading the names of the eight Bristol men who died during those 24 hours.
The Honor Guard will play “Taps” and render a 3-volley salute.
100 years later Bristol will gather to honor the memory of those who were in the first battle of modern warfare.
If you go:
WHEN: THURSDAY, APRIL 19th 2018 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: AMERICAN LEGION POST 2 SEICHEPREY
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