Veterans Honored at Event Held on the Campus of NWHSU
| November 10, 2017
The City of Bloomington Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Partnership, City of Bloomington, Northwestern Health Sciences University and American Legion Post 550 honored local veterans on November 9.
Members of the public and military veterans were invited to an evening honoring the service of veterans at a series of free community events on the campus of Northwestern Health Sciences University.
The evening began with a resource fair for veterans and their families. Resource fair groups included the Gideon Comfort Dog, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Hennepin County Veterans Services, VVA Agent Orange Education Campaign, Maser | Amundson | Boggio | Hendricks PA, Community Action Partnership, City of Bloomington Human Services, Northwestern Health Sciences University and Bloomington Historical Society.
A complimentary dinner was provided for veterans and one guest. Christopher Cassirer, Sc.D., M.P.H., President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Health Sciences University opened the evening, followed by the posting of the flags by the American Legion Post 550 Honor Guard and the National Anthem performed by vocalists Mrs. Jenn Herron and Ms. Mallory Herron.
Following dinner Honorable Gene Winstead, Mayor of the City of Bloomington, provided remarks. Vocalist Mrs. Jenn Herron and accompanist Mrs. Kim Zemple performed the military anthems. The dinner portion of the evening closed with each veteran receiving a hand-written thank you from students of Oak Grove Middle School.
The evening concluded with a film produced by Northwestern Health Sciences University’s Dr. Chuck Sawyer, titled Vietnam War Stories. The video included interviews and stories from local Vietnam veterans and family. Click here to view the video. Following the film Katie Carpenter, special projects lead at TPT-Twin Cities PBS, moderated a panel discussion between veterans who served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Attendees learned the similarities and differences between their experiences and how all community members can come together to support veterans. Dr. Willie James Johnson closed the evening out with a poem titled “The Sun will Rise Tomorrow.”