Members of Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets stand at attention during the Veterans Day observance on the Upper Parade Ground on Nov. 10, 2020. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Guest speakers tell cadets that armed forces personnel stand as bulwark against adversaries

With the boom of cannons, the crackle of rifles and the orderly marching of a flag-toting Corps of Cadets, Norwich University honored U.S. armed forces veterans on Veterans Day this past week. Two special-guest Norwich graduates with distinguished service records reflected on what it means to serve.

Lauren Graham, a senior environmental science major, speaks on a video heralding this year’s Students to Scholars Symposium at Norwich University. (Screenshot from video by Ronny DiMasi.)

Students to Scholars Symposium will let students pitch topics for possible research

The cinematic Forrest Gump famously compared life to a box of chocolates — delivering unguessable and, he hoped, pleasurable surprises. Think of Friday’s Students to Scholars Symposium as an intellectual Whitman Sampler, full of tasty ideas to enrich your mind without waist-widening calories.

NEST, an outdoor classroom/playhouse as part of playground renovations at Montpelier’s Union Elementary School earned a design excellence Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects, New England chapter for Norwich University’s Design+Build Collaborative. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s School of Architecture+Art launched a competition for high school students to design an outdoor classroom with thousands of scholarship dollars as prizes.

Norwich University men’s lacrosse players line up on the sideline during a 2017 game against Emmanuel College at Sabine Field. The men’s lacrosse team was the top fundraiser during the 2020 Maroon and Gold Challenge, which supports the university’s athletic teams. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Donor counts exceeded goals for the third consecutive year and money raised set a record in the five-day Maroon and Gold Challenge, a fundraiser for Norwich University athletics.

President Donald Trump awards the Medal of Honor to Sgt. Maj. Thomas Patrick Payne at the White House on Sept. 11, 2020. (Photo by Spc. Zachery Perkins.)

U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas ‘Patrick’ Payne, a College of Graduate and Continuing Studies degree recipient, reflects on receiving the Medal of Honor

Seeing New York City’s Twin Towers fall and the Pentagon attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, inspired then-high schooler Thomas “Patrick” Payne to enter the U.S. Army and defend his country. Fourteen years later, as a member of the Army’s Special Operations Command, Payne reached the height of heroism, helping free more than 70 hostages from an Islamic State prison in Kirkuk Province, Iraq.

Jim Burt ’68 presents the Medal of Honor his father, U.S. Army Capt. James Burt ’39 received to Norwich University President Mark C. Anarumo on Oct. 12, 2020, in the Sullivan Museum and History Center. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Medal of Honor received by U.S. Army Capt. James Burt ’39 is donated to Sullivan Museum and History Center

James Burt risked his life for his country during World War II when bullets flew, peril mounted and the struggle’s outcome hung in the balance. Last month, his family donated his highest military honor to his university.

A Save A Suit volunteer ties a client’s tie during a pre-COVID-19 event in Connecticut. Norwich University alumnus Andrew VanMeter works for Save A Suit, a Bethel, Connecticut, nonprofit agency that gives U.S. armed forces personnel free business attire to use as they transition to civilian life. (Photo courtesy Save A Suit.)

2014 Norwich grad helps nonprofit Save A Suit get business attire to servicemembers who are transitioning to civilian life

When the coronavirus pandemic pushed Andrew VanMeter out of an e-commerce job in March, he wasn’t sure what he’d do, but he hoped he could pursue a passion for the military and service he’d learned when he majored in peace and war at Norwich University. At Norwich, the 2014 graduate had spent lots of time around future servicemembers and he had military ties in his family — one grandfather served in the U.S. Army, one in the U.S. Navy.

Members of Norwich University’s Arnold Air Society Kelly Squadron stand outside Sabine Field after their 22-hour fundraiser run on Nov. 1, 2020. (Photo courtesy Arnold Air Society Kelly Squadron.)

Arnold Air Society run, Legacy March collectively raise more than $6,000 for agencies helping U.S. servicemembers

Just as veterans serve the nation, Norwich students serve veterans.

Norwich University’s 2020 Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday will include prolonged cannon fire for the Roll of Wars, a wreath laying, firing of three rifle volleys and the playing of echo taps. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will observe Veterans Day by conducting a Corps of Cadets review in honor of all veterans, past and present from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

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