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WCSU honored armed forces veterans for their service to country at the annual WCSU Veterans Day observance on November 11, 2010.
The Veterans Day program in Ives Concert Hall featured remarks by veterans, as well as representatives of the university and the city of Danbury. Patriotic music selections were performed by the WCSU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Fernando Jimenez, associate professor of music and music education.
Two honor guards representing the WCSU Police Department and Western students led processionals at the start and the conclusion of the indoor program. The honor guards’ concluding processional moved from White Hall to the flagpole in front of Old Main, where a student laid a wreath of remembrance and WCSU President James W. Schmotter read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The outdoor ceremony ended with a benediction by Friar Brad Heckathorne, chaplain of the university campus ministry, and the playing of “Taps” by the WCSU Wind Ensemble.
Veterans who spoke during the Ives Concert Hall program were Marine Cpl. Aaron Atwood; retired Navy Capt. Kathleen Lindenmayer; and Army Spc. Harry Neveski, vice president of the WCSU Student Veterans Organization. Additional remarks were offered by Schmotter; WCSU Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Walter Bernstein, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Western student Timothy Kaiser.
The WCSU Wind Ensemble opened the program with performances of “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland and the national anthem. Other Ensemble selections featured during the program included “A Letter from Mom,” with narration by Deborah DelVecchio; “Armed Forces Salute;” and “Stars and Stripes.”