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Larson Celebrates Unveiling of Connecticut Fallen Star Memorial in East Hartford

November 9, 2019
Press Release

East Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson attended the unveiling of the Fallen Star Memorial in East Hartford. In 2016, Larson traveled to Maryland to see the Fallen Star Memorial at Aberdeen Proving Ground. It was there that the idea to bring the Fallen Star Memorial to Connecticut was born.

“It’s an honor to participate in today’s unveiling of the Connecticut Fallen Star Memorial. As we know, freedom has a price; this memorial honors the men and woman who gave their lives in service to our country and offers their families and friends a solemn place to remember them. As the son and brother of veterans, and as someone who has lost friends in the line of duty, I know how meaningful this memorial will be for families and friends of those who served,” said Larson. “Seeing the Fallen Star at Aberdeen Proving Ground in person was awe inspiring. I am so grateful for all of those who helped bring the Fallen Star to Connecticut. It is my hope that this memorial properly recognizes the sacrifices of our fallen heroes and helps their loved ones heal.”

The Connecticut Fallen Star Memorial is dedicated to the more than 30,000 Connecticut men and women who died fighting for our country and to all of those heroes who are no longer with us. A group of veterans, gold star families and members of the community worked together to bring the Fallen Star Memorial to Connecticut, where it will be maintained on the campus of Goodwin College in East Hartford and open to the public. The memorial was designed by artist and sculptor Will Hemsley. Accompanying the star will be three bronze statues depicting a woman, a man and child all paying their respects.