Today, Governor M. Jodi Rell attended a formal welcome home ceremony for the Connecticut Army National Guard’s 192nd Military Police Battalion at the O’Neill Armory in Hartford. The Niantic-based Battalion’s 122 soldiers were deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and were charged with the daily care, custody and accountability of approximately 4,000 detainees. These detainees included former Iraqi regime members, high value criminals, and thousands of insurgents. At its peak, the Battalion managed 15 companies of almost 2000 service members, 700 Iraqi correctional officers and over 100 linguists, making it one of the largest Battalions in the Iraqi Theater of Operations. Governor Rell awarded nine Bronze Star Medals and two Meritorious Service Medals at the ceremony.
To mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America, Governor M. Jodi Rell is asking state residents to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. on Saturday, the time the first hijacked airliner crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City nine years ago.
The Governor also directed that U.S. and State of Connecticut flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise through sundown on September 11. (U.S. and State of Connecticut flags are already at half staff to honor the memory of Connecticut State Police Trooper Kenneth Hall, who was killed September 2 in a motor vehicle accident while on duty. Trooper Hall’s funeral takes place on September 10.)
Governor Rell has proclaimed September 11, 2010, a Day of Remembrance in Connecticut (See Proclamation below).
Governor Rell led an official state service at the Living Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park memorial in Westport on September 7. The memorial honors the 156 people with Connecticut ties who died on September 11, 2001.