Motorists passing through the Brass City on I-84 can see a 52-foot cross set high on the site of a former religious theme park known as Holy Land. Over the years, the area fell into disrepair and the cross was replaced several times. Through it all, it remained a symbol of the city.
Thanks to a 2014 restoration, a new cross is now illuminated by LED lights and is visible for miles.
For the past few days, however, the cross has been dark.
A Waterbury official said a windstorm caused a tree to knock down the utility pole that provides power to the landmark. None of the homes in the area suffered a power outage — only the cross.
On Saturday, Ralph P. Giuliano, the man who in 1955 designed, built and put up the original Holy Land cross, died. Giuliano, a retired owner of a sign company, was 98.
Whether by coincidence or something more, the temporary darkening of the cross is an appropriate tribute to the man who first put it there.
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