Governor M. Jodi Rell ordered U.S. and state flags to be flown at half-staff in memory of Marine Lance Corporal Tyler Owen Griffin of Voluntown. Tyler, 19, a 2008 graduate of Griswold High School, had served for 30 days in Afghanistan when he was killed by improvised explosive device.
“All of Connecticut mourns a brave and patriotic young man who has given his life for his country and our freedom,” Governor Rell said. “We cannot help but be inspired by the example Lance Corporal Griffin set, even as we join his family and friends in grieving for him. His service will never be forgotten.”
Flags will remain at half-staff until sundown on the day of Lance Corporal Griffin’s burial, which has not been set yet. There are three days of services scheduled. On Monday, April 12, there will be a procession, accompanied by a state police and Patriot Guard escort, along Rt. 165 in Voluntown as Lance Corporal Griffin’s remains are brought to the Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home, Jewett City, where private services will be held. The public is invited to stand along Rt. 165 as the motorcade passes between 6:00 and 6:30pm on Monday evening. There will be a public wake at the funeral home on Tuesday night, and a public reception at Constitution Field, Voluntown, on Wednesday.