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“Very moving memorial to a tragedy”

Circus Fire Memorial
Ranked #34 of 50 things to do in Hartford
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

I visited the memorial on July 13, 2013, and was impressed at its elegance and simplicity - though I was also saddened to see that the surrounding neighborhood includes a number of abandoned buildings and appears to have seen better days. The memorial itself stands in an open field behind an elementary school (I like to imagine the modern-day children playing near the memorial to so many lost children...), with stone pillars bearing information about the timeline of the tragedy. There are trees marking the circumference of the tent, and a marker positioned where the center ring of the big top once was, with bricks inscribed in honor of victims and survivors - many of them painful to read. I'm glad I got to see this poignant reminder.

[The "it's a statue..." reviewer seems to have been mistaken in the location; the statue described there sounds like that of Alice Cogswell at the American School for the Deaf Foundation Memorial. There is no such statue at the Circus Fire Memorial.]

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