Several veterans groups in New London met at the New London Veterans Memorial to protest the placement of a new garbage collection site right next to the memorial. They say the proximity of the garbage to the memorial – about 25 feet – is disrespectful. The memorial contains the names of nearly 1,000 veterans, some from as long ago as the Civil War era. The veterans groups say they’ve poured hundreds of thousands of dollars and years of effort into the memorial. They also say they received no notice from the city that the garbage site was coming.