Monroe turned back the clock to the Civil War era on Saturday as the Save Our Stepney Task Force led a program on the historic Stepney Green, the site of a peace rally during the war.
The ceremony included music from the Connecticut Blues Fife and Drum Corps and the Youth Choir of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel and speeches from President Abraham Lincoln himself (played by Lewis Dube).
After an afternoon program on the green, the names of 30 Civil War soldiers buried in the nearby Birdsey's Plain/Stepney Cemetery were read aloud. In the cemetery, visitors took self-guided tours throughout the day.
Saturday's ceremony was attended by First Selectman Steve Vavrek, State Rep. DebraLee Hovey and State Sen. Anthony Musto.
The festivities were led by Joel Leneker of SOS and emcee David Halliwell.