Springfield, MA, October 23, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- American International College will be hosting "Honoring Our Heroes," a series of events to celebrate veterans. It begins on Veteran's Day, Monday, November 11 with the annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Edward Lamoureux of Hampden will present a tribute to his deceased father, Francis, who stormed the beach at Normandy with the 82nd Airborne's 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The ceremony will be held on the AIC Campus Quadrangle at 11:00 a.m.
There will also be a presentation of the Military Friendly Campus Award, an honor recognizing AIC for its efforts to serve current and former military personnel in their efforts to earn a college degree, and a reading by the winner of the Freshman Patriotic Essay Award.
The celebration continues on Tuesday, November 12 with a screening of the film, "The November War," a documentary by Garrett Anderson about one day of fighting and 10 marines who were in the middle of it. Anderson, who served as a U.S. Marine from 2003-2007, was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. In the film, Anderson interviews members of his former platoon who fought alongside each other on November 22, 2004 in the second battle of Fallujah. The film will be shown at 6:45 p.m. in the Griswold Theatre.
On Wednesday, November 13, Garrett Anderson and his father, Dennis, an embedded war journalist, will take part in a panel discussion about “The November War.” Several marines featured in the film will also participate in the discussion, which will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Griswold Theatre. There will also be a Veterans Resources Fair from 9:30–11:30 a.m. in lobby of the Griswold Theatre. Several veterans-related agencies will be on hand to talk about the services they provide.
All events are open to the public free of charge.