HARTFORD, CT - On Thursday, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and radio personality Brad Davis hosted the 11th annual Wall of Honor ceremony at the State Capitol in Hartford. Joined by Major General Thad Martin, Adjutant General of the Connecticut National Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Thomas J. Saadi, state officials, and military families, the event commemorates the Connecticut troops killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Lt. Governor Wyman said, “This memorial tells a story of Connecticut heroes. It begins with 9/11 and the day that thousands of civilians became casualties of a terrorist attack, and continues with the military men and women from Connecticut who stepped forward to protect and defend our freedoms and our democracy. Today, and every day, we remember and are deeply grateful to the 65 Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen who gave their lives for our nation.”
Governor Dannel P. Malloy said, “This memorial recognizes the men and women of our state who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and we honor their service to our country. It is an emotional and inspiring tribute to our state’s heroes, and I encourage everyone who visits the State Capitol to make a stop at the Wall of Honor and pay tribute to Connecticut’s bravest. I want to thank Lt. Governor Wyman for her efforts creating this memorial and continuing to see that our military families are honored each year for the sacrifices they have made.”
Established by Lt. Governor Wyman in 2007, the Wall of Honor is a permanent memorial that includes photos of each of the 65 Connecticut service members from all branches of the military who were killed in action. It is located in the concourse area of the State Capitol building, which connects to the Legislative Office Building. Throughout the year, thousands of visitors view the memorial while visiting the State Capitol.
Maj. General Martin said, "The Wall of Honor seeks to honor those who've made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. These members of our Armed Forces put country and service above all else, and we will never forget them. We appreciate Lieutenant Governor Wyman's continued support of our veteran community, and are honored to have leadership so dedicated to remembering not only our fallen troops, but the sacrifices of those left behind."
Commissioner Saadi said, “As a nation, we owe our freedoms to those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States. The Wall of Honor, established by Lt. Governor Wyman, will ensure that the service and sacrifice of these 65 Connecticut men and women are never forgotten.”
Brad Davis said, “I’m proud to have joined the Lt. Governor in establishing the Wall of Honor. It’s so important to remember what our military and their families give for us, for our security, and for our democracy. The Wall of Honor is a place to do exactly that.”
Additional information on the Wall of Honor, including biographies of each of the memorialized service members, can be found at: http://portal.ct.gov/wallofhonor