Doughboy restoration to be done by Memorial Day

Army Coloney Kirk Harrington led North Canaan's 2023 Memorial Day ceremony at the Doughboy statue. He thanked Korean War veterans Nicholas Gandolfo (seated left) and Ray Baldissari (seated right) for their service. Harrington also recognized 110-year-old Millie Johnson (seated middle).

Doughboy restoration to be done by Memorial Day

NORTH CANAAN — Master mason Karl Munson has been hard at work this spring to repair the Doughboy Statue and war memorial in the heart of North Canaan.

At a May 6 meeting of the Board of Selectman, Brian Ohler announced the restoration will be completed in time for Memorial Day.

"The stars aligned with that," said Ohler.

North Canaan's parade on May 27 will culminate with a ceremony at the statue. The unveiling of the statue will include a newly added name to the World War II memorial: Louis A. Cecchinato Sr.

"That was a name that was unfortunately missed when they first created that plaque," said Ohler. "I know the family will be thrilled to see that unveiling on Memorial Day."

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