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Husson University to Honor Those Who Served



Published on: November 7, 2017
Students thank Veterans on the campus of Husson University
BANGOR, MAINE - In recognition of the incredible sacrifices made by members of the armed forces and their families to protect our way of life, Husson University will be hosting three days of events that honor the contributions of veterans to our nation. These events will take place on November 9 - 11, 2017.

“Honoring veterans’ service is an important educational opportunity. This holiday serves as a powerful reminder that freedom and liberty must be defended,” said Husson University President Robert A. Clark, Ph.D. “During this three-day period, we will play tribute to all those who fought in battle, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The outstanding men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces deserve our gratitude.”

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the Gracie Theatre, Husson will host its Annual Roll Call. This event is part of a national effort to make Veterans Day on college campuses a special time of appreciation and reflection. Husson University will participate in “minute of silence” and a national roll call that honors those who have served, those who are serving, and those who gave their lives in service to our country.

A series of video interviews with Korean War-era veterans conducted by students from the New England School of Communications will be part of the event. The veterans in these videos talk about their war-time experiences. All of these recorded oral histories are now a part of the permanent collection at the Library of Congress. Submitted as part of the library’s Veterans History Project, the videos are designed to help future generations better understand the realities of war from those who served their country during armed conflicts. The interviews will also be invaluable to future scholars and researchers interested in better understanding the Korean War experience from the service person’s perspective.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the roll call and video screening.

The events continue on Friday, November 10, 2017 with a Veterans Appreciation Dinner from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the lower level of the G. Peirce Webber Campus Center in Peabody Hall. The dinner is designed to show veterans how much the Husson campus community appreciates the sacrifices these brave men and women have made for our country.

All Husson University students, faculty, staff, and alumni who served in the U.S. Armed Forces are welcome to attend. Friends and family of Husson servicemen and women are also invited. In addition, invitations have been extended to students with no armed forces affiliation in an effort to help increase appreciation for veterans and the issues they face upon returning home after military service.

Danielle Leighton, the Veterans Administration certifying official at Husson University feels that dinners like these are very important. “Every American should make the effort to let veterans know incredibly grateful we are for their service and sacrifice. Husson looks forward to demonstrating our gratitude to members of the armed services, both past and present, during this dinner. What they have done for all of us, can never be fully repaid.”

Concluding the three days of events will be a football game on Saturday, November 11, 2017 when the Husson University Eagles take on the Mount Ida College Mustangs at noon the John W. Winkin Sports Complex. This athletic contest will be dedicated to veterans. Anyone with a military ID can attend the football game for free.

The three days of events are sponsored by the Husson University Student Veterans Association, the Husson University’s Offices of Veterans Services, and Husson’s Alumni and Friends organization.

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies, science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

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