Groups of veterans are inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame, but now some are wondering why their names aren’t recognized on a plaque or memorial anywhere in the state.
For the last 10 years, a select few Connecticut veterans have been recognized for not only serving the country in uniform, but also or their selfless actions after leaving the military.
"It was a great surprise,” said Maurice Collin of Coventry.
Collin said he couldn’t believe last fall when he was inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.
Collin served in Vietnam as a member of the Marine Corps and has made a lifelong commitment to working with disabled veterans.
"You don't do it to be recognized or to be honored or anything like that but when someone notices and pats you on the back, that's nice too,” Collin said.
After the ceremony, Collin and his wife Leila said they were shocked to learn there is no physical hall of fame, no memorial or plaque with all of the names of the veterans inducted since 2005.
"Right now there are 104 veterans who should be on a plaque somewhere and there are none,” said Leila Collin.
Senator Richard Blumenthal said the heroes should be honored in a tangible way.
"Nothing would be more appropriate and desirable and one of our goals ought to be maybe next Veterans Day to begin a campaign to have a real physical place,” Blumenthal said.
Those who risked their lives to save ours are left waiting, along with their families wondering whether their lifelong service to the country will be acknowledged for generations to come.
"It's that all of the guys they've honored or inducted over the last 10 years should be recognized by having their names in a place. It is called "the hall of fame’,” Maurice Collin said.
The governor’s office and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs have not responded to requests for comments about plans for a memorial.
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