Monday, March 06, 2006

Nominations sought for Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame

Governor M. Jodi Rell is accepting nominations to the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame, which she created last year "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."

Under the executive order that established the hall, 10 Connecticut veterans will be inducted every year, with the ceremony taking place around Veterans Day.

Veterans who served in all military conflicts will be considered, including World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the Iraq invasion.

Rell, in a press release, emphasized that the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame is not a military hall of fame. Rather, veterans selected for induction must have honorably served their country in the military and continued to serve it afterward, in civilian life. Nominations for deceased veterans are also accepted.

For more details and a nomination packet, visit the state Department of Veteran Affairs website, or call (860)721-5939.

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