Mayor Michael Pavia will join members of the Stamford Jewish War Veterans this Thursday to celebrate the life of United States Army Private Samuel N. Tresser, and honor his memory with the rededication of Tresser Boulevard, according to a release from the mayor's office.
Born in 1897, Private Tresser enlisted in the Old Seventh Company, Connecticut Artillery Company, on May 13, 1915, which eventually became Battery D, 56th Coast Artillery, on being Federalized.
At the age of 21, Private Tresser was killed in action at the Battle of St. Mihiel during World War 1 on August 24, 1918. He is buried in the American Military Cemetery in France near the site of the battle. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Tresser, and an older brother to Michael Tresser, who was a long-time Republican member of the Stamford Board of Representatives.
Mayor Pavia reflected on Private Tresser while discussing plans for the ceremony, “At such a young age, Private Samuel Tresser made the supreme sacrifice while serving his country. Thursday is an opportunity to do more than rededicate Tresser Boulevard in his name, but also to rededicate ourselves to living by his example, in service to each other.”
The City of Stamford first passed an ordinance on October 2, 1972, officially changing the name of a major thoroughfare to Tresser Boulevard. The ceremony will include the installation of a restored plaque that was originally dedicated to his memory on January 6, 1974.
Thursday’s ceremony will commence at 10:00am on Thursday, September 27 outside of Stamford’s Government Center on the corner of Tresser Boulevard and Washington Boulevard.