Rep. Gresko applauds Iannucci's induction into Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame

December 8, 2016

Rep. Joe Gresko joins Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Rep. Jack Hennessy, chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, in hailing Richard Iannucci into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.

Representative Joe Gresko applauded Stratford’s Richard Iannucci’s induction into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame during a ceremony Thursday at the Legislative Office Building.

Gresko joined Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean M. Connolly, state National Guard Adjutant General Thaddeus Martin and other officials for the induction of Iannucci and nine other war veterans, who have made significant contributions to their communities after leaving the military.

“Richard is an inspiration,” Gresko said. “It was my privilege and honor to pay my respect to him at this beautiful ceremony and witness his induction into the hall of fame. He is not only a longtime Stratford resident but also the commander of Port-5 Naval Veterans in Bridgeport, which serves our area in so many important ways. I look forward to working with him on veterans’ issues in the coming years.”

After a long military career, Iannucci now volunteers at the helm of Port 5, a Bridgeport organization that advocates for and celebrates veterans. As the commander, Iannucci runs the business and motivates volunteerism and community service, as well as leading fundraising efforts. He works closely with other nonprofit organizations to raise awareness of the need for programs and services to support veterans including job training, education and skill-building.

Iannucci also coordinates Veterans Day and Memorial Day efforts in the community to ensure that the service and sacrifices of the men and women in the military do not go unrecognized.

“Connecticut is deeply grateful for these heroes whose service to our nation didn’t end when their tour of duty did,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. “They are community volunteers, youth mentors, and civic leaders who embody the true spirit of service, and we thank them for all they have done to strengthen our cities and towns. Today’s induction speaks in small measure to just how appreciative we are of their military service and their continued good works.”

Currently 126 names appear on the Hall of Fame commemorative plaque that is displayed in the concourse of the State Capitol Building in Hartford.

“This award honors veterans who continued to serve their communities after they’ve hung up the uniform,” said Commissioner Connolly. “The state Veterans Hall of Fame has honored many fine men and women for their contributions and accomplishments that have enriched our state in countless ways.”