[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of North Haven 10-5-1908 Annual Town Meeting; amended in its entirety 3-29-2016 Special Town Meeting. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town of North Haven shall assume responsibility for the maintenance and preservation of all soldier(s), veteran(s), or war memorials or monuments on the Town Green.
The Town of North Haven, ever desirous of honoring those residents of the Town who have served honorably for the United States of America in wars and armed conflicts, establishes the following mandatory criteria for an individual to be listed on any future Town soldier's(s'), veteran's(s'), or war memorial or monument:
The individual must have served at least 90 days on active duty and possess an honorable discharge or still be on active service. An exception to this ninety-day requirement will be made if the individual is/was killed or wounded in action or the duration of the hostile action or conflict in which the individual served was less than 90 days.
The individual's veterans' federal Form DD-214 (report of separation), or in some cases, his/her long-form discharge, must list North Haven, Connecticut, as the individual's home of record at the time of his/her service entry. If an individual serves longer than two years, whether by reenlistment and/or extension of service or reserve obligation, and changes their home of record to North Haven, Connecticut, while on active duty, then such individual shall be considered to have North Haven, Connecticut, as his/her home of record at the time of his/her service entry.
All future soldiers', veterans', or war memorials or monuments shall include a special designation for individuals who have the appropriate campaign medal listed on his/her Form DD-214 for the war or conflict claimed. The special designation shall appear immediately after the individual's name on the memorial or monument. Appropriate campaign medals awarded with dates of qualifying service beginning with World War II are as follows:
The above list of appropriate campaign medals specifically excludes from eligibility for the special designation on a memorial or monument, individuals who receive/received campaign or service awards conveyed for occupation, pacification, or humanitarian purposes regardless of whether or not a limited hostile fire is/was encountered. Nonetheless, in the event such occupation, pacification, or humanitarian purposes result in an individual being killed, awarded a Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, and/or Combat Action Ribbon, then such individual shall be considered to be eligible for the special designation to be included on a memorial or monument. The award of the National Defense Service, Global War on Terrorism Service, Humanitarian Service, or Armed Forces Service Medals also do not in and of themselves qualify as appropriate campaign awards, unless the individual recipient is killed and/or awarded a Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, and/or Combat Action Ribbon.
The individual or his/her representative must make a claim to entitlement to be listed on the memorial or monument before the memorial or monument is completed and the final list of veterans to be included is compiled. However, if an individual is known to the Town to meet the three preceding requirements and does not make a claim to be listed or was killed in action, the Town may add such individual's name to the memorial or monument with the consent of the individual or his/her next of kin at the time the final list of veterans to be included is compiled.
There shall be no exceptions to the four requirements provided above in Subsections A through D, and the burden of meeting these requirements shall rest solely with the individual veteran seeking to be included in the memorial or monument or his/her next of kin or appointed representative. The construction of any memorial or monument shall not be delayed by the effort of any individual, next of kin, or appointed representative to obtain proof of compliance with these requirements.