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The Story Behind The World War I Statue Outside East Hartford's Library

The Story Behind The World War I Statue Outside East Hartford's Library

He stands guard in front of the public library on Main Street, a reminder of the service and sacrifice of East Hartford soldiers in World War I.

The doughboy, as U.S. soldiers in World War I were called, has been refurbished in preparation for a 100th anniversary commemoration of the war’s end on Saturday.

Here’s some background information on this bronze veteran:

Does he have a name? How did he get here?

Titled “Ready,” the statue was sculpted by John Paulding of Chicago and made in the American Bronze Foundry in Chicago. The same statue serves as a WWI memorial in other cities around the nation, including

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