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Holy Land USA Landmark Lights The Way Again

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It’s a sight to see in Waterbury. The cross that sits atop Holy Land USA is finally lit up.

The ceremony began at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Waterbury. After that, thousands poured onto a bridge to see the lighting.

The cross stands 57 feet tall, 26 feet wide and weighs in at 22 tons.

The third time is the charm for the cross that sits atop Pine Hill, that’s because it’s the third cross to rise above Holy Land.

“It means a lot,” said Waterbury resident Henry Sage. “I remember when I was a kid I used to walk up there and move around.”

“I think we should all be proud to have a lovely cross like that in our town,” said Millie Bellefeuille.

The cross is a beacon of light and hope to some and has a deeper meaning for others.

“I think this is the beginning of many good things to happen. I think Joe and the mayor have brought this whole city back together again,” said William Pizzuto, who donated some of his time to the project.

The hours of hard work that went into resurrecting the cross did not go unnoticed.

Joe Pisani of Pisani Steel donated the materials for the structure. Workers then donated their time and effort into the project.

“You know what’s amazing is 34 years I’ve been here in public service and there’s not one single project I’ve ever seen that has brought thousands of people together like this has,” said Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary.

John Greco was the founder of Holy Land.

They’ve named the cross in honor of him. It’s called the “Peace Cross.”

Every time you drive on I-84 and Route 8 in Waterbury, citizens and passing motorists will now see the “Peace Cross” with 4,500 LED bulbs illuminating the sky.

As far as Holy Land USA, Mayor O’Leary said there still are plans to reopen the religious theme park. The cross lighting is just the beginning of it.

Next, the park will be cleaned up in the spring, and then they’ll start bringing in religious structures.

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  • Stu Pedassel

    Only Waterbury would put up an symbol of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and then illuminate it multicolored. Perhaps they could adjust the changing colors to strobe for that added pizzazz!

  • John

    Wow, I can't wait til I pass by and see it. It was such a symbol of hope when I saw it as a kid. Even the 2nd (smaller) one was great to see after the first one was gone for so long. Thank you and God bless all who brought it about. Maybe there is hope for CT after all.

  • William Williams

    Many Americans probably couldn’t tell anyone where Waterbury is or how to get there. I am from NC and moved many years ago to E Hartford during a time in my life when I was so confused and on the run from everything. I first saw the cross lighted on the hill as I drove east on 84 through Waterbury as I was taking 77-81-84 to avoid the nightmare of 95 through the cities. Wow do I remember the power that I felt seeing the cross over all the city of Waterbury! Lit brightly and shining the message of the hope of Jesus without a word, I got strength in my despair and I have never forgotten those sad days and that powerful sign of hope in the middle of the mess I had made. THANK YOU to those of you in Waterbury Connecticut !!! I can say without any exaggeration or drama that you really made an impact on this passerby and it continues in this passerby 30 years later to the present day. Thank You Father in Heaven and thank you Waterbury!

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