On Wednesday morning, Mayor Harry Rilling announced the next steps in adding names to the veterans' memorial plaques outside Norwalk City Hall.
"This is something that is the right thing to do because as we continue with conflict where people are putting their lives in danger, we want to make sure that they get the recognition to which they are entitled," said Mayor Rilling.
"A lot of people have also fallen through the cracks and they were never recognized. That is why we go as far back as World War II. Now we want to get more names so we can keep honoring those who have served and those who are serving today," said Daniel Caporale, Chairman of the Norwalk Veterans Memorial Committee.
Veterans' need a met a certain criteria to be placed on the plaque.
"They have to present a DD-214 or a Honorable Discharge document. They must be a native of Norwalk, Connecticut or inducted from Norwalk. They have to had to serve in the United States military in a time of recognized conflict," said Mayor Rilling.
Members of the Veterans' Memorial Committee say it's important for the community to never forget who has served.
"I remember how impressed I was when I went to high school here and in the vestibule they used to have all the pictures of all the guys who served in the Second World War and I thought that was a really fitting thing to do. These plaques keep us mindful of all the guys who served from Norwalk," said Charles Williams, Chaplin of the Norwalk Veterans Memorial Commitee and Vietnam veteran.
Mayor Rilling says they won't know how much the plaque will cost until the number of veterans is established.
The deadline to submit documentation is the end of August. For more information, call veteran liasion Erin Herring at 203-854-7704.