Monument to Merritt Edson dedicated on Chester Green

CORRECTION: According to two separate and unofficial Vermont State Police accounts, about 220 spectators attended the dedication of the Merritt Edson monument on Saturday. It was the same number that attended the parade.


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About 100 220 spectators showed up for the dedication of the newest monument on the Chester Green on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 15, under hot and sunny skies.

A short parade viewed by about 220 kicked off around 11 a.m. and included horseback riders and a color guard.

Then invited dignitaries gathered on the Green and offered speeches and, after a flyover by two airplanes, the monument was unveiled and dedicated.

The 6-foot tall granite obelisk was dedicated to Merritt Edson, a Chester resident who was  hero of the Second World War, a director of the National Rifle Association and the founder of the Vermont State Police, whose accomplishments were brought back to life by the Chester Historical Society, which raised funds for the monument and organized the event.

While the event didn’t attract the thousands of people anticipated, it was a solemn and appropriate event nonetheless. An evening dance and fireworks capped off the day’s festivities.

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  1. Ron Patch says:

    Boy did you get this story wrong. You say 100 specatators were present. Ken Barrett counted those present and came up with 350. Ken also noticed more came later making a total of about 400.
    You further state the monument is six feet tall. It is seven feet two inches. Your weak report illustrates that you don’t support Merritt Edson or his accomplishments.For a good idea what support looks like, look at the front page of this week’s Vermont Journal.
    The Chester Historical Society is proud of our dedication. We had no support from the Rotary, Legion or Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Many of the downtown businesses benefitted from Merritt Edson Day.