Moore, state reps hosts medal ceremony for Trumbull veterans

State Senator Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport), State Representatives Dave Rutigliano and Laura Devlin, and Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly were joined dozens of Trumbull veterans Tuesday, Oct. 20, for a Wartime Service Medal ceremony held at the Trumbull Veterans Hall.

The veterans, who all served in a time of war and had no previously received an award for the state, were recognized for their time served in the country’s armed forces.

“The sacrifices of many of these veterans have gone unrecognized for far too long,” said Sen. Moore. “I wanted to meet these brave men and women face-to-face and thank them for fighting for the freedoms we all enjoy today. I would like to thank Commissioner Connolly for standing with me to pay homage to our veterans.”

“Every day I am inspired by our Connecticut Veterans and I am especially fortunate for this role to recognize them for their service and sacrifice,” said Commissioner Connolly.

The honorees list included: Patrick Carr, John Carr, Frank Carr, Vinicent Cavalier, Lawrence Condon, Richard Delvecchio, Francis Dempsy, Dominick Diemunsch, Charles Figlar, John Fosco Angelo Framularo, Richard Freeman, Daniel Geraghty, Thomas Geraghty, Bill Gerth, Thomas Gibbons, Thaddeus Gluchowski, Robert Halky, John Hax, John Johnson, James Juliano, Edward Laskowski, Paul Mihalov, Lucien Moran, Aldo Pappa, Joseph Piccirillo, Phillip Pitocco, John Rossi, Steve Salvaggio, John Shea, Robert Sherwood, David Wheeler, Robert Wicklund, David Worthington and others were honored for their service at the ceremony.

“I’m proud to be a veteran, it helped make me into a man,” said Korean War veteran Mark Miller. “We have given up many of our freedoms for this country and some people will never understand all that we have sacrificed. This day means a lot to me.”

The Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal was established by the General Assembly in 2005 to honor all Connecticut veterans with qualifying wartime military service. However, most veterans don’t know about this medal.

Prior to 2005, Connecticut had not honored its veterans with a wartime service medal since World War I.

“Our veterans can’t be fully paid back for all of their service and sacrifice to our country, but these medals represent our gratitude for all they’ve done for us,” said Rep. Rutigliano.

The event was very special for Rep. Devlin.

Her father served in WWII, and took part of the D-Day landing and the Battle of the Bulge.

She thanked the veterans at the ceremony for their service and assured them that she will continue advocating on their behalf at the Capitol.

“Presenting these brave veterans with the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal is the least we can do for their tremendous service to our country and our state,” she said.

The CT Department of Veterans Affairs is currently accepting CT Wartime Service Medal applications. Awards may be made posthumously for veterans who died on or after January 1, 2000.