Memorial Day Serves as Time to Remember, Thank Those Who Served Our Country

May 26, 2016


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Wilton’s war memorial statues, honoring those who perished in the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Courtesy – Craig Donofrio

It is a privilege to honor our veterans, and our men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the military.

We must remember that our freedom did not come easy. On battlefields across the globe, America’s finest men and women have shed their blood and their tears.

We the American people enjoy a peace maintained and sustained by our military men and women who defend this country from all threats foreign and domestic. By honoring those who have given their lives for our country, we remember their valor and we take time to reflect on why they served.

They fought to preserve the values of America, your freedom and mine.

They fought because our country asked them to take up arms. They went where they were sent. Did what they had to do. And, prayed they and their fellow soldiers would survive and return home to family and friends.

It has been said that a solider is someone who deliberately places him or herself in harm’s way, that when signing their enlistment papers write’s a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America ‘ for an amount of ‘up to and including their life.’

We are humbled by the tremendous courage shown by our brave soldiers. There is no doubt that our veterans have paved the way for our military’s reputation as the finest fighting force in the world – both in strength and in character. That’s why it’s important – in fact imperative – that we remember them always.

Our obligations also remain to those transitioning out of the military; many of whom suffer physical and emotional trauma. Taking care of them is our nation’s responsibility. We must help those who need it by creating opportunities for them to contribute while supporting their strength and resilience.

When in Hartford at the Capitol Complex take some time and visit the new State Veterans Memorial. It is located inside of Minuteman Park at the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Broad Street in Hartford – directly in front of the State Armory. The memorial pays tribute to the more than 1.3 million Connecticut men and women who served honorably in the U.S. military in defense of our freedom. The site recognizes past, present, and future Connecticut veterans.

Veterans, you exemplify true honor and true devotion to your fellow human being. Please know that we respect and value your service to our country and the state. We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who currently serve those who have served and those who sacrificed their lives or their health so that we can live free and secure.
I thank you.