Twenty-one veterans from Connecticut received the Connecticut Veterans War Time Service Medal for their military service. (Michael Walsh/Courant Community) Twenty-one Connecticut veterans who participate in programs at the Chrysalis Center in Hartford were honored with the Connecticut Veterans War Time Service Medal, on May 24.
The men and women honored, who come from towns across the state including Rocky Hill, Hartford, Vernon, Stafford, Manchester, East Hartford, and West Hartford, were presented the medals from Sean Connolly, the commissioner of Connecticut Veterans Affairs.
"Thanks to all of you for your tremendous service," Connolly said to the group of veterans, which was made up of men and women from the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force. "It’s great to see all the services represented here and many different conflicts and areas of service. There’s a tremendous history and legacy."
Jason Walsh, who is a U.S. Army veteran himself, is a community case manager at the Chrysalis Center who works closely with the veterans who were honored at the event. He spoke before the service medals were handed out.
"Being a veteran, you’re part of a group, you realize you’re part of something that’s a little bit different than what you were before," Walsh said. "People don’t always understand that. They don’t always get where you’re coming from, because you have a different way of thinking after you serve."
Walsh said the award symbolizes the relationship between the men and women who decided to serve their country.
"We have the joy to know that we served the people out here," Walsh said. "We gave so that others didn’t have to and we did it without thought and with the knowledge that it was a responsibility that we had to accomplish. No matter what your service, you know that and I know that. And that’s enough. This award is important because it represents the brave choice these men and women made. They were prepared to sacrifice their lives for our personal safety."
Two of the 21 veterans who received the service medal also received the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal for their service during the Korean War.
One of those was Robin Brown, who served with the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955. She was an electrician’s mate aboard a submarine, a skill she said she learned from her father.
The two honors she received, the former Enfield resident said, were something she never dreamed of having.
"I never thought through the years I would have this," Brown said. "It’s really nice. I really appreciate it."
She said she decided to enlist after high school because she thought it was important.
"We should all do our part," Brown said. "That’s how I feel."Raymond Hall, who lives in Rocky Hill, also received the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal. Hall served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 until 1954. He was a rifle operator and fought in war for a year.His service experience, he said, was a positive influence on his life. He was proud to receive the […]