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Stratford State Rep. Hoydick Recognized With Militia Preservation Award

From left, state Rep. Laura Hoydick, Commandant of the First Co. Governor’s Horse Guards Maj. Christopher Miller, President of the Friends of the First Co. Governor’s Horse Guards Maj. Michael Downes and Lt. Colonel Andrew Arsenault.
From left, state Rep. Laura Hoydick, Commandant of the First Co. Governor’s Horse Guards Maj. Christopher Miller, President of the Friends of the First Co. Governor’s Horse Guards Maj. Michael Downes and Lt. Colonel Andrew Arsenault. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

STRATFORD, Conn. -- State Rep. Laura Hoydick, a Republican who represents Stratford, has been presented with a “Militia Preservation Award.”

In November, she was recognized by the Friends of the First Company Governor’s Horse Guards at its fundraising Comedy Club Night for her work supporting state military heritage.

During the last legislative session, aid for all four volunteer state militia units, particularly both companies of Governor’s Horse Guards, were at risk. These units "have an unbroken line of service to Connecticut going back to the Revolutionary War," according to a news release.

"The cost of maintaining both of these historically significant and vital volunteer military organizations is minimal when compared to the dedicated service of their members, and essential history of the state that they represent," Hoydick said. "Both units are providing a great deal of funding for what they do on their own, and deserve the support of the state."

The First Company Governor’s Horse Guard is the country's oldest continuously active horse-mounted cavalry unit. Organized in Hartford in 1788, it is headquartered in Avon.

The 1GHG is a volunteer unit of the State Militia under the Connecticut State National Guard. The Friends group is a nonprofit that provides financial support to 1GHG.

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