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WCSU to honor veterans in November

Placing flags in the Field of Flags

DANBURY, Connecticut —Western Connecticut State University will honor veterans at two events in November. The events are free and the public is invited.

On Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, the university’s Student Veterans Organization (SVO) will begin to place several thousand American flags in front of the Old Main Building on the Midtown campus. Flag placement will begin at 11 a.m. and the public is invited to join WCSU’s SVO, Campus Police and members of the Danbury Fire and Police Departments in placing flags. The Field of Flags will remain in place until Wednesday, Nov. 15.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, the university’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Student Center Theater on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. A reception and luncheon will take place after the ceremony in Room 202 of the Midtown Student Center. The ceremony will feature comments by WCSU Police Chief Robert Berry and a poetry reading by Professor of Social Work Dr. Sharon Young. The WCSU Brass Choir will perform the Star-Spangled Banner and the Armed Forces Salute.

Before becoming WCSU’s Police Chief, Colonel (Retired) Robert Berry served more than 25 years in the U.S. Army on Active Duty and in the Army Reserve. As a military police officer, he served in a variety of command and staff positions, including Commander of the 306th Military Police Battalion and Director of Emergency Services for U.S. Army Forces in Kuwait. He deployed numerous times overseas, including service in Panama, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Eastern Europe and Korea. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Joint Combined Warfighting School and the Army War College.

For more information, contact Veterans Affairs Coordinator Kelly Visokay at visokayk@wcsu.edu or WCSU Communications and Marketing at pr@wcsu.edu.


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