Information Regarding 2020 Virtual Wall of Honor Ceremony:
Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, in collaboration with Governor Ned Lamont, will host the 13th annual Connecticut Wall of Honor ceremony at the State Capitol in Hartford on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. Due to due ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary closure of the State Capitol building, in-person attendance will not be permitted, however families and the general public can watch the event live and in its entirety via CT-N’s live stream on YouTube.
Thursday’s ceremony will include remarks from state and military officials, as well as a reading of the names of the fallen by Major General Francis J.Evon, Jr., Adjutant General of the Connecticut National Guard, and Commissioner Thomas Saadi of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“The men and women whose photos are displayed on the Connecticut Wall of Honor represent the very best of our state, and we pay tribute to everything they have given in the name of service to the United States,” Governor Lamont said. “They dedicated their lives to protecting our freedoms and are true heroes. This memorial ensures that they will never be forgotten.”
"We will never forget the brave men and women from Connecticut who stepped forward to protect and defend our freedoms and our democracy after the September 11 terrorist attacks," Lt. Governor Bysiewicz said. "Connecticut's Wall of Honor is an important part of the history of our state and I invite everyone to join us this Thursday to remember these 65 heroes, learn their stories, and honor their individual and collective service to our country."
The Wall of Honor is a tribute to members of the United States Armed Forces who gave their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001.
Housed in the concourse between the State Capitol and the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, the memorial displays a photo of each service member and a brass plate bearing their name, hometown, branch of service, and the year and location of their death.
Former Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, during her tenure as the State Comptroller, and Hartford radio host Brad Davis established the Wall of Honor in 2007. Each year in May, they host a ceremony to honor the military men and women on the Wall who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms and the security of our nation.
We gather to reflect on their service, and remind ourselves of everything that they and their families have given in service to our country. We are grateful and humbled. – Former Lt. Governor Wyman