LSC VETERANS PARK: PHASE ONE. Seems like everyone wants to help get the Veterans Park installed at Lyndon State College. Even Mother Nature contributed some warm days.
LSC’s Veterans Club has been working on the three-phase project for more than a year. The completed first phase involved installing letters spelling out “LSC Veterans Park” under red, white, and blue stars on the concrete wall overlooking the college’s Fountain Pond. The silicon adhesive used as part of the installation only works when the concrete is above 45 degrees F–requiring an unbroken stretch of warm weather to be certain the correct temperature has been reached.
“Our goal was to have the lettering done before the semester’s end,” says Thom Anderson, club advisor. “Thanks to a generous donation, the first phase is complete.”
“People are very supportive and want to help. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are stepping up,” he added. “Business professor Mark Hilton helped underwrite the completion of Phase One.”
The Club has begun fund-raising for the next phases, estimated to cost between $4,000 and $6,000. Phase two is the placement of a granite reflection bench near Fountain Pond. The club hopes to install the bench during the 2012-2013 school year. The third phase, the erection of a series of plaques inscribed with the names of past and present LSC veterans, is slated for the 2013-2014 school year.
Club president Mark Hoffmann emphasized that the Park design makes the additions as unobtrusive as possible. “We want the students to be able to use the area freely.”
“The Park is to be a visual reminder to students that veterans are in their midst. It’s not about the club. It’s about the veterans…that they are acknowledged and integrated into the Lyndon community. We want the Park to honor and recognize all Lyndon veterans—past, present, and future.”
Anderson added that the Club seeks assistance in finding veterans who attended Lyndon State. “We’d like to add every veteran alumni name to the plaques during phase three. We don’t want any veteran to be overlooked or excluded.”
LSC alumni who are veterans and community members who can help by naming veteran alumni are urged to contact Sara Lussier in the Office of Institutional Advancement at (802) 626-6426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Veterans Club plans to hold a “ribbon cutting” for the first phase of the project in the fall.
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