Memorial Military Museum
Our Mission is to honor, to preserve, to explore Bristol’s military heritage.
100th Anniversary of Seicheprey, Thursday, April 19th at 2pm.
Uncle Sam Wants YOU and 73 Bristol men answered, “Yes!” to their country’s call in World War I.
The 73 Bristol men left their hometown to serve in Company D, 102 nd Infantry Regiment of the famous 26 th “Yankee” Division.
April 20-21, 1918, for 24 hours they resisted a German blitzkrieg attack during an historic battle in the ruined village of Seicheprey, France.
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.
100 YEARS LATER, BRISTOL WILL GATHER TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO WERE IN THE FIRST BATTLE OF MODERN WARFARE.
WHEN: THURSDAY, APRIL 19 TH 2018, 2:00 PM
WHERE: AMERICAN LEGION POST 2 SEICHEPREY
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.
Current exhibit in The Jack Denehy Gallery:
“OVER HERE, OVER THERE: Bristol in World War I” will explore our community’s great involvement with The Great War both on the home front and the battlefields. A wounded Bristol soldier wrote from his hospital bed in France: “We can’t get away from Bristol products here, the brass in our shells and cartridges, the buttons…on our uniforms. Before I was hit, I was riding down a Chateau Thierry road on an old bike…It had a New Departure coaster brake…At Vaux, on the one standing wall of a completely demolished house I saw a Sessions clock ticking away…All these things have Wallace Barnes springs…the light Browning machine gun I handled as well as most of our weapons. This is also true of the new planes that are beginning to arrive.”
The exhibit and accompanying programs will continue through November 2018.