Corporal Ian Muller picked the Marines because, in his words, it’s the “toughest and most elite” of the military branches. He knew the dangers that came with his choice and was dedicated to his job and fellow Marines. Muller, a Danville, Vt., native, was sent to Afghanistan, where often volunteered to take the more dangerous lead position during combat patrols. He said he did it because many of his colleagues had wives and children, and he did not.
Muller died March 11, 2011 while conducting combat operations supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was 22 years old. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force; Camp Lejeune, N.C.
In conjunction with the 2nd Annual Veterans Summit, the Lyndon State College Veterans Club, Q Burke Mountain Resort, and the LSC Ski & Ride Club are sponsoring the Ian Muller Rail Jam March 14 at Mid-Burke Lodge. There will be a beer tent, food, and prizes for spectators and competitors. All proceeds from the event and the beer and food tents will go to the Ian Muller Memorial Scholarship; an annual $1,000 scholarship to an LSC student veteran. Muller attended LSC prior to enlisting in the Marine Corps, he also taught skiing at Burke Mountain.
Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.; there is a registration fee of $5. The competition begins at 5 p.m. An après ski party featuring the music of Lem Genovese will be held at the Bear Den Lounge from 7-9 p.m. Donations are suggested for the après ski party. Genovese is a US Army/Iowa guard veteran of both Vietnam and Desert Storm where he served as a combat field medic with the 209th Med Clearing Company attached to the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division. His four decades of song writing, nationwide performing, and recording reflects his mission statement—“to build a musical bridge of awareness, compassion and healing to our nation and its military families.”
Additionally, Q Burke Mountain Resort, headed by Army veteran Ary Quiros, is offering free lift tickets all day March 14 to veterans and their families. Proof of military service is required for the free tickets.
Questions about the rail jam should be directed to Q Burke Guest Services at 802 626-7300. Donations to the scholarship can be made by contacting LSC’s Sara Lussier at 802 626-6426 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The college will match gifts of $1,000 or more.
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