This is the sign that greets drivers as they enter Connecticut from Rhode Island in the town of Voluntown. The blue sign is the official sign posted by the Department of Transportation and the makeshift sign pays tribute to Voluntown’s fallen son, Lance Corporal Tyler Griffin. The marine was killed in Afghanistan in April and his funeral in Voluntown was attended by hundreds of people including Governor Rell.
The memorial sign honoring LCPL Griffin is covering Governor Rell’s name and has been there for most of the spring and summer.
This is a sensitive issue for the DOT. Spokesperson Kevin Nursick told me the sign is not allowed, yet it is not a priority for the DOT to take it down. Nursick says the policy regarding makeshift roadside memorials is to let them stay unless they pose a safety risk or if someone complains.
It’s not clear who put the sign up and why it wasn’t lowered a few inches to allow Governor Rell’s name to appear.