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WCSU honors veterans during Military Appreciation Week

DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University Office of Veterans Affairs will celebrate Military Appreciation Week from Monday, Nov. 6, through Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. All events are free and open to the public.

Military Appreciation Week events will include:

Nov. 6: Open House. Come explore the new Office of Veteran Affairs and meet the staff who ensure quality service from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 101 of Old Main. Student-veterans, veterans and the public will be able to mingle and ask questions.

Nov. 7: Obstacle Course Challenge and Cook-Out. Test yourself with a 120-foot long inflatable obstacle course challenge or relax and sit back with the cookout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn of Fairfield Hall. Participants will be able to compete as a four-person team for $5 or individually for $2. Winners in the categories of Fastest Man, Fastest Woman and Fastest Four-Person Relay Team will receive up to a $75 gift card to Soho Pizza in Danbury. Practice runs are free. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be served at the cookout.

Nov. 8: World War II Biographic Documentary, “Major ‘Doc’ Brown.” Professor of Communication and Media Arts Dr. JC Barone will host a screening of his biographic documentary, “Major “Doc’ Brown,” at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Brown is recognized by several Bataan veterans’ organizations as the oldest veteran and survivor of World War II. He spent the majority of his service overseas as a Japanese prisoner of war. Barone’s film has been accepted for screening by the Enfield Riot Film Festival. A question-and-answer period will follow the film.

Nov. 9: Veterans Day Ceremony. The Student-Veterans Organization will host a Veterans Day Ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon on the Fairfield Hall lawn. The ceremony will honor current and former service members.

Nov. 9: “Vietnam War” Viewing. The Haas Library Archives, Department of History and Student Veterans Organization will host a screening of an episode from Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War” at 2:30 p.m. in Room 127 of White Hall.

Nov. 9: Panel Discussion. The Haas Library Archives, Department of History and Student Veterans Organization will host a 4 p.m. panel discussion in Room 127 of White Hall, “My Vietnam War: Veterans Remember,” with Professor of Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process Dr. Edward Hagan and Jack Sikora.

 For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.



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