The state will hold its 5th annual ceremony on Thursday to add the portraits of seven Connecticut soldiers killed in Afghanistan to its Wall of Honor.
The ceremony is open to the public. The families of the honorees — as well as the families of 56 others lost in Iraq and Afghanistan and already represented on the wall — are expected to attend. The event will take place at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 24, in the Atrium of the Legislative Office Building at 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford.
During the ceremony — which will be hosted by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and radio broadcaster Brad Davis — the names of the troops on the Wall of Honor will be read and those present will have the opportunity to speak.
The honorees being added to the wall are:
Army Spec. Philip C.S. Schiller, 21, of Winsted and formerly of West Hartford. Schiller died in 2012.
Army Spec. Richard C. Emmons, 22, of North Granby. Emmons died in 2011.
Army Pfc. Eric D. Soufrine, 20, of Woodbridge, who died in 2011.
Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford. He died in 2011.
Army Sgt. Edward J. Frank II, 26, of Hartford, who died in 2011.
Army Staff Sgt. Ari R. Cullers, 28, of Waterford. Cullers died in 2011.
Army Spec. Dennis Pratt, 34, of Southington, who died in 2009.