An emotional ceremony Thursday afternoon in the atrium of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford left several families with both tears and smiles as seven new portraits were added to the 56 already part of the Connecticut Wall of Honor.
Annually since 2007, the state has honored Connecticut residents who served in the military and who lost their lives in either Iraq or Afghanistan. On Thursday, local radio personality Brad Davis and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, who worked together to create the wall, remembered the men and women whose portraits are part of the wall for their bravery and service to the country, while family members remembered their loved ones as dedicated and happy to serve.
In recognition of their service, each name was read, a benediction was offered and taps was played before the service ended with those in attendance singing God Bless America.
The members honored on Thursday are:
Army Spec. Philip C.S. Schiller, 21, of Winsted (2012)
Army Spec. Richard C. Emmons, 22, of North Granby. (2011)
Army Pfc. Eric D. Soufrine, 20, of Woodbridge. (2011)
Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford. (2011)
Army Sgt. Edward J. Frank II, 26, of Hartford. (2011)
Army Staff Sgt. Ari R. Cullers, 28, of Waterford. (2011)
Army Spec. Dennis Pratt, 34, of Southington. (2009)