Community Invited to Ceremony to Honor Veterans
The Lyndon State College Veterans Club will officially dedicate the LSC Veterans Park Memorial Bench with a ceremony on November 11. The 11 a.m. event will be at the College’s Veterans Park at Fountain Pond. The community is encouraged to join area veterans for this event.
LSC President Joe Bertolino will address the audience followed by the keynote address by Colonel Michael Morgan, Vice Commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard. Morgan will be introduced by his daughter, LSC student Leah Morgan. The Veterans Park Memorial Bench will be dedicated by LSC Veterans Club President Todd McCosco and former Club Presidents Mark Hoffmann and James Nagle.
Veterans Club Advisor and LSC Assistant Professor, Thom Anderson said, “The memorial bench is a sacred reminder of the service and sacrifices LSC Veterans – - faculty, staff, and students – - have made and continue to make for this country. The club has worked hard over the past couple years to make the bench and the veterans park a reality. The most rewarding aspect of the process has been the outpouring of support we’ve received from donors, veterans in the region, alumni, and the LSC community. We are very thankful to everyone who has helped us along the way.”
The Veterans Park is scheduled to be completed in three phases. The first phase involved installing letters spelling out “LSC Veterans Park” under red, white, and blue stars on the wall overlooking the college’s Fountain Pond. That portion of the park was dedicated on Veterans Day 2012. Phase two is the granite reflection bench. The third phase will be the erection of plaques inscribed with the names of past and present LSC veterans.
The Veterans Park is on campus near the library and the dining hall. No reservations are required. In case of rain, the ceremony will be in the Academic & Student Activity Center (ASAC), Room 100.
The Office of Institutional Advancement is seeking all Lyndon State veterans so they can be included the third phase of the Veterans Park. Anyone who is a veteran or knows of a veteran who attended Lyndon State College, please contact Belinda Plymak in the Office of Institutional Advancement at (802) 626-4877 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2nd Annual Veterans Summit at LSC is scheduled for March 15, 2014. The Summit aims to build relationships, strengthen connections, and enhance regional support for Veterans. It will again feature nationally recognized speakers and authors and Veteran Service Organizations will be on hand with information about benefits and resources. For more information, please visit LyndonState.edu/VeteransSummit.