Legislators Honor Over 200 Veterans at War Time Service Medal Ceremony

June 28, 2017

Kissel 2017-06-22 CT Veterans Medal Ceremony (6 of 107)

Senator Kissel, Representative Zawistowski and Representative Storms Host Tri-Town Veteran’s Ceremony at East Granby High School

 HARTFORD, Conn. – State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield), Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-East Granby) and Representative Scott Storms (R-Windsor Locks) hosted a Tri-Town Veteran’s War Time Service Medal Ceremony at East Granby High School on Thursday, June 22.  Legislators were joined by the Department of Veteran Affairs Commissioner, Sean Connolly, who helped distribute the War Time Service Medals to more than 200 recipients.

“Last week we had a beautiful ceremony in East Granby where we honored more than 200 veterans,” said Sen. Kissel. “Far too often veteran’s sacrifices go unnoticed and this was a time for the community to show respect and admiration for these brave men and women. I offer these individuals the most sincere gratitude for their continued commitment to our great nation and the state of Connecticut.  These heroes selflessly sacrificed so that we may continue to enjoy our way of life. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank them for their enduring patriotism.”

“It was an honor to recognize the individuals and their families who sacrificed so much on behalf of our country,” said Rep. Zawistowski.  “It is wonderful that Connecticut created this medal in 2005 to recognize our state’s veterans who have fought to ensure out freedom and all the ideals of our great country.  Over the years, our veterans have been through more than anyone could imagine, and I am humbled that we, as a state, were able to recognize them for their service and dedication.”

“Those who answer the call to military service do so prepared to make sacrifices far beyond what most citizens can imagine,” added Rep. Storms.  “I hope that through our medal ceremony, we not only recognized the substantial contributions and sacrifices of our wartime veterans, but expressed our appreciation to families and friends who stand by our service men and women with unwavering support.  To all our veterans and their families, thank you for all you have done for our state and our country to preserve our most precious freedoms.”

 “It is truly an honor to pin the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal on Connecticut’s great veterans and be a part of such an incredible showing of appreciation for their service, sacrifice and dedication to our state and country,” said Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, Sean M. Connolly.

The Connecticut War Time Service Medal is available to Connecticut Veterans who have performed at least 90 days of wartime service as a Connecticut resident. For more information about the Connecticut War Time Service Medal program visit www.ct.gov/ctva or call 860-616-3600.