Marines restore veterans’ monument at Lounsbury House in Ridgefield

A crew of Marine Corps veterans recently took time off to restore the luster of one of Ridgefield’s most cherished monuments: the Veterans Memorial Monument at Lounsbury House.

Using stiff brushes, special stone cleaner and a lot of elbow grease, the Marines scrubbed the monument that honors those who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. They also spiffed up other monuments, plaques and benches in the park area that fronts the legendary mansion.

“It was natural for us and the kind of project we hope to continue for Lounsbury House,” Marine Veterans of Fairfield County Commandant Robin Montgomery said. “The mansion and its staff have supported veterans since it opened to visitors on Memorial Day in 1954. We will always do what we can to help.”

Lounsbury House Executive Director Suzanne Brennan said she was delighted with the project, noting that it is part of the wide-spread support the historic community center enjoys.

“As an example, the Caudatowa Garden Club visits frequently in the summer months to maintain the Memorial Park Garden that surrounds the monuments,” she said. “We have significant frontage on Main Street, which offers great visibility for the house and for the veterans’ memorials.”

The Marine Veterans of Fairfield County has a 40-year history of community service, including high school scholarships, support of a Little League baseball teams, participation in community activities on Memorial and Veterans Day and organization of the county-wide Toys for Tots program during the Christmas season.