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 Norwich 15cm Howitzer 5Norwich's "Kreigsbeute" World War I German howitzer. Fundraising for restoration of the howitzer as a memorial has proved challenging, but the Norwich World War I Memorial Committee is hoping that a schedule of upcoming events will help get the funds to restore the WWI treasure.

Norwich, CT holds golf tournament May 25, "Doughnut Day" event June 4 to raise funds for WWI memorial cannon

Donut Flyer 2022 The World War I Memorial Commission in Norwich, CT is planning events to help raise funds that will pay for the restoration of the centerpiece of a local World War I Memorial.

The captured WWI 15cm Krupp's field gun (howitzer), which was presented to the city as a trophy of war by American Legion Post #4 in 1926, had fallen into disrepair. The cannon's wheels deteriorated so much that it was deemed to be unsafe for public display, and it was removed from its place of honor on Chelsea Parade, and chained to a fence in a remote, woodsy part of nearby Mohegan Park.

The Committee, in copperation with the Norwich City Hostorian, are trying to bring it back into the public eye - hopefully by 2026, the hundredth anniversary of its arrival in Norwich.

Golf_Tournament_flyer_crop.jpgOn Wednesday, May 25, a golf tournament will take place at the Norwich Golf Course. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. EDT, with the shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. The tournament registration fee includes use of golf cart, on-course barbecue, and a $5.00 drink voucher. Prizes will be awarded for low gross and net second and third place. For more information, contact Mike Gualtieri at 869-861-4717. Sponsorships for the tournament are available.

On Saturday, June 4th, the Committee is holding its 2nd Annual Doughnut Day from 10 A.M.-3 P.M. A World War I field kitchen will be set up by uniformed re-enactors on the historic Norwichtown Green, and "doughnut girls" will be making doughnuts.

A uniformed demonstrator is scheduled to give a presentation in the about carrier/homing pigeons in WWI; and there will also be a Sgt. Stubby look-alike contest.

Interspersed with those activities, Tom Callinan, Connecticut's 1st Official State Troubadour, will be performing a 60-minute program of "Songs From And About The Great War" from noon-1:00 P.M.

These events are sponsored by the Norwich City Historian and the Norwich WWI Memorial Committee.

If you can't make it to the golf tournament or the Donut Day, but you would like to support the restoration of the WWI cannon for the Memorial, you can send your donation check to: City of Norwich, CT, 100 Broadway, Norwich, CT, Attention: Finance Department. Thanks for your donation to honor the Norwich citizens who were killed in battle during WWI, and all who served.