WCSU commemorates Veterans Day with a week of activities

The WCSU Student Veterans Organization planned a number of activities to commemorate Veterans Day throughout the week that started on Nov. 7 and ended on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2011.

Among the events were a discussion during which a panel of veterans discussed their real-life experiences, and a screening of “The Hurt Locke,” after which attendees were given the opportunity to pose questions to the veterans.

“Being Home,” a PowerPoint presentation and panel discussion, was hosted by Readjustment Counseling Therapist Rodney Davis, who works at the Danbury Vet Center. Davis led the discussion with a panel that featured student veterans Aaron Atwood, Dave Curtis and Brian Liebelt.

WCSU communication department faculty Dr. JC Barone and Dr. Jeanne Christie presented the Veterans History Project. Established in 2000, it focuses on honoring those who have served their country. Through taped interviews, photographs and documents of veterans from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, the Veterans History Project helps educate the public and preserve those histories.

On Friday, Nov. 11, the Remembrance Day National Roll Call took place at the Alumni & Friends Circle outside of Old Main. Campus and community volunteers read names of the service men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade and observed a nationwide moment of silence. Honoring approximately 6,500 casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the reading of names is called Operation New Dawn. WCSU was the only institution in Connecticut participating in the event.

Also on Nov. 11, a Veterans Day ceremony took place in the Ives Concert Hall, followed by wreath-laying and reading of the Gettysburg Address at the Alumni and Friends Circle. A reception followed.

Veterans Week events concluded with a dinner to raise funds for the Student Veterans Organization Book Scholarship at Casa do Benfica in Danbury.

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Members of the U.S. Marine Corps assist in reading names of fallen service men and women on the Remembrance Day National Roll Call.