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Photo of Senator Joan Hartley.

STATE SENATOR

Joan Hartley

An Independent Voice

Honoring Connecticut's Heroes on Veterans Day

This Saturday is Veterans Day, giving us all an opportunity to thank those who served for the sacrifices they have made to preserve our way of life.

President Woodrow Wilson established this holiday (originally known as Armistice Day) in 1919 to honor the brave Americans who fought and died in World War I. After World War II, Armistice Day was expanded to honor all veterans of our military services, and the holiday's name was changed to Veterans Day.

Senator Hartley with veterans.

While I believe we should honor our veterans every day, this annual holiday is especially important as it allows us to reflect on the true sacrifices our service members have made to protect the liberties we hold most dear.

Connecticut's Wartime Service Medal is available to anyone who served in the armed forces during a time of war and was a Connecticut resident at the time or currently lives here. Many veterans from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq received the medal as part of their discharge packets, but most veterans who served prior to 2005 are unaware of the medal's existence. If you believe that you or a loved one may be eligible and would like more information, please visit their website and apply.