Milford vet says building should honor city’s war dead

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – If you’re walking down West Main Street, it’s impossible to miss the city’s Government Center. It’s in a place where there is some real prominence. However, if you look at the sign above the doors – that’s where some say a real issue begins.

“I graduated UConn and then went right into pilot training in the Air Force training command and from there the next 20 years went by rapidly,” said Milford resident Joseph Viscount.

Just under two weeks ago, Viscount spoke with us about some research he had done at the local library, which he said shook him up a bit.

What he found was an old newspaper article from the 1950s which said that the city auditorium at Government Center was dedicated to “Milford’s War Dead.” But there was never anything engraved to mention veterans.

“They let something as important like this fall through the cracks,” Viscount said. “I felt it was kind of an insult to veterans.”

Viscount said as soon as he became aware of the apparent oversight he reached out to the city, but progress was slow. “No one was concerned about it expect Joe Viscount and a few other veterans,” he said.

He then contacted News 8.

And when we began  to ask questions, Viscount tells us the mayor got in touch with him directly, telling him something would soon be done to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“We were almost to the top of Mount Everest but not quite and you brought us right to the top,” he said.

News 8 reached out to the mayor’s office to get comment on what he thought of the situation moving forward but we’re told he’s currently out of state but is considering several options.

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