Formica: The legislature should right the wrong and restore funding to the Connecticut Honor Guard

April 1, 2015

Hartford, CT – State Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) is calling for the restoration of funding eliminated in the Governor’s proposed budget for the Connecticut Honor Guard.

“To cut this program is wrong. Our veterans deserve respect and taking this away from them is the opposite. Every possible tribute at their time of passing should be afforded to these courageous men and women and their families. This is the least we can do. For the administration to actually propose this cut is unfortunate,” said Sen. Formica. “Instead of analyzing poor spending practices and making thoughtful savings, Governor Malloy is taking the easy way out and arbitrarily cutting without considering the consequences.”

State funds are currently used to support military honors at funerals. Those honors include the playing of “Taps” and rifle teams which discharge graveside salutes.

The Connecticut Honor Guard attends funerals in Connecticut for:

  • Any deceased person who has served in any of the armed forces of the United States during times of war.
  • Any deceased person who has served in the National Guard for more than 20 years.
  • Any deceased who has died while a member of the National Guard.