The Wall of Honor is a tribute to the Connecticut men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan that began after the terrorist attacks in the United States of America on September 11, 2001.
The Wall was conceived by Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Hartford radio host Brad Davis, who co-chaired its 2007 dedication and host an annual May ceremony during which new names are added. It is completely funded by private donations.
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.
At an addendum ceremony in 2009, Lt. Governor 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.