From the early days of the American Revolution to the post-9/11 conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Courant has chronicled the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend their country. We'll tell their stories, show their pictures, hear their voices. We'll also look at the state's central role in the defense industry, from Colt's M-16s to Pratt's jet engines to nuclear submarines made at Electric Boat to Sikorsky's helicopters. CAPTION: U.S. Army Chaplain Capt. David Nott takes a short walk with Tyler Jordan, 6, at St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery in Enfield. Tyler was given the American flag from his father's casket during the gravesite ceremony. Gunnery Sgt. Phillip Jordan was killed in action in Iraq on March 23, 2003.
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