Doyle and Bartolomeo Honor Nearly 100 Veterans at Connecticut Wartime Service Medal Ceremony
Veterans in attendance can access their photos online at: www.SenatorDoyle.cga.ct.gov
MIDDLETOWN, CT—Nearly one hundred Connecticut veterans who served in the armed forces during wars ranging from World War II to the Vietnam War and the post-9/11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq were presented the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal today at an event hosted by Senators Paul Doyle and Danté Bartolomeo. The senators organized the event to recognize Connecticut’s veterans for their service in the armed forces. Commissioner of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Sean Connolly was in attendance to present medals.
Photos of veterans who received a medal at the ceremony are posted to Senator Doyle’s website, accessible at www.SenatorDoyle.cga.ct.gov. The photos are also posted to Senator Bartolomeo’s website, accessible at www.SenatorBartolomeo.cga.ct.gov. Veterans and their families are welcome to download the photos for personal use.
“Veterans have sacrificed so much to preserve our way of life, and it is important that we recognize them for their service,” said Senator Doyle. “These medals are a small token of the gratitude that we feel for those who heard the call and stood up for our country. I am proud to have the opportunity to honor Middletown’s veterans, but no amount of thanks we give them will ever be enough to equal everything they have done for us.”
“Today was truly a heartwarming event, not only because we got to recognize the veterans who risked everything they had to protect us, our nation and our freedom—but also to meet their family members, who sent them off during time of war with the hope that they’d someday return, unscathed, while mothers and fathers and spouses stayed behind to raise and provide for the rest of the family,” said Senator Bartolomeo. “It was truly wonderful to see them all together today.”
Prior to the General Assembly establishing this award in 2005, the State of Connecticut had not honored its veterans with a wartime service medal since World War I. Anyone who served in the armed forces during a time of war and was a Connecticut resident at the time, or currently lives here, is eligible for the award. Many veterans from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq received the medal as part of their discharge packets, but many veterans who served prior to 2005 are unaware of the medal’s existence. Any veteran who believes they may be eligible for the medal may contact Senators Doyle and Bartolomeo at 860-240-8600.