Greeks Cleaning WWII Memorial, 2014

Hartwick College Celebrates Veterans

November 6, 2015

November is celebrated as Interfaith and Veterans Month at Hartwick College, and two special events will highlight the College's salute to our nation's veterans.

On Saturday, November 7, prior to kickoff of the 1 p.m. football game, Commander Len Carson and Oneonta's American Legion Post 259 Honor Guard will lead a special program recognizing Hartwick College students, employees, and members of the community who served in the military. After the program, the veterans will be invited to view the game in the Hawks Nest, where a poster signed by faculty, staff, and students thanking veterans for their service will hang.

At 1:00 p.m. on Veteran's Day, November 11, Hartwick College Facilities and Environmental and Health Safety Manager Gary L. Ballard, a veteran, and volunteers from Kappa Sigma and Tau Kappa Epsilon will conduct a special flag ceremony at the World War II Veterans' Memorial near the Anderson Center for the Arts, on the College campus. The flag ceremony will include a ritual flag lowering to half mast, and raising to full mast, after which a retired flag will be burned. The burned flag will represent the nearly 2,000 flags hung at veteran's graves in the Oneonta area. Additional commemorations are also being planned for the ceremony.

Ballard, who will also be part of Saturday's Honor Guard, said, "It's nice to see the College, and specifically the students, involved in helping recognize the efforts of our veterans."

College faculty and staff are also helping celebrate on Veterans Day. Professor and Chair of Music Dr. Diane M. Paige will use the opportunity to focus on music of WWII during her 19th-20th century music history course. She will give a lecture, "The Music of World War II: From Popular Appeal to Private Grief." Paige has also taught a First-Year Symposium in the past on the music of two World Wars.

Also, the United States Pluralism Center in Bresee Hall will be open on Veterans Day, and its director, Harry Bradshaw Matthews, available to assist anyone interested in researching potential genealogical connections to those who fought in conflicts from the Civil War to WWII.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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