Gov. M. Jodi Rell today urged Connecticut residents to submit nominations for the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.
�This Hall will be a creative and lasting way to pay tribute to the brave men and women of Connecticut who have served in our armed forces and continued to serve their communities after discharge,� Rell said.
�With just a month left to submit nominations, I am asking Connecticut residents to take a few minutes to think about who should be honored in this fashion and send us their stories. Feel free to nominate a family member, a longtime friend, or a neighbor down the street.
�Essentially, the Veterans Hall of Fame is a way for us to simply say thank you to Connecticut heroes. Our veterans have demonstrated bravery and courage not only in defense of freedom but in service to their communities and the people of Connecticut.
“I can�t think of a better way to shine a bright light on all that they have done for us. This Hall of Fame will ensure that the generations that follow us will never forget the sacrifices that were made for them.�
On March 2, Rell created the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame to recognize the post-military achievements of generations of outstanding veterans from the state, living or deceased, and to spotlight their contributions to their community, including education, public safety, politics, recreation and other areas of public service.
Veterans who served in all military conflicts will be considered, including World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and Iraq. Posthumous nominations will also be accepted.
Ten Connecticut veterans will be inducted each year, with the ceremony taking place annually around Veterans Day.
Nomination packets must not exceed 10 8�-by-11 pages and must be received by June 30, 2005, to be considered for the 2005 induction class. Nominations received after June 30 will be considered for the following year�s class.
For more information, visit Governor Rell�s Web page � www.ct.gov/governorrell � to link to the nomination packet.
Residents may also request a nomination packet by calling Adam Jeamel, Director of Public Affairs for Rell, at (860) 524-7351 or Commissioner Linda Schwartz of the Department of Veterans� Affairs at (860) 721-5818.