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STATE OF CONNECTICUT

NANCY WYMAN
COMPTROLLER

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775

MARK OJAKIAN
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER

TWO FALLEN STATE SOLDIERS ADDED TO WALL OF HONOR
Ceremony Also Recognizes All Connecticut Heroes Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan
Contact: Steve Jensen
860-702-3308/3301
Steven.Jensen@po.state.ct.us

Two Connecticut soldiers killed in Iraq in 2008 were added to the Wall of Honor tribute in the State Capitol complex today.

Photographic portraits of Marine Cpl. Christian Cotner of Waterbury and Army First Lt. Thomas J. Brown of Shelton were hung on the Wall during a ceremony attended by members of both their families, as well as the families of many of the 42 other soldiers on the Wall.

The Wall includes a framed color portrait of each service member, and a podium displaying a brass plate bearing their name, hometown, branch of service and the year and location of their death. It is located in the Veterans Alcove along with other military monuments in the concourse between the Capitol and the Legislative Office Building.

The Wall was conceived by Comptroller Nancy Wyman and Hartford radio host Brad Davis, who co-chaired its 2007 dedication and hosted today's addendum ceremony.

In her remarks, Comptroller Wyman said the men and women on the Wall are honored for the way they lived, both in and out of uniform, and for what their sacrifice means to Connecticut and the nation.

"They lived in freedom, they fought for freedom and freedom is what they died for," Wyman said. "And that is why they are heroes."

CONNECTICUT'S WALL OF HONOR

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For Immediate Release
May 21, 2009

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