Saluting those who serve: Rowan community to observe Veterans Week
In 2004, just four days after Veterans Day, Marine Cpl. Marc T. Ryan of Gloucester City was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. At the time, the weapons specialist with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, was the 35th serviceman with ties to New Jersey killed in Iraq.
On Monday, Nov. 11, Ryan’s mother, Linda, the mother, wife and daughter of Marines, will be the speaker at a moving opening ceremony for the University’s annual observance of Veterans Week, which runs Nov. 11-16. Ryan will speak at 10:30 a.m. in room 175 of the Wellness Center at Winans Hall off Mullica Hill Road.
The Veterans Day opening ceremony, which will feature the University’s ROTC Color Guard, also will include the reading of a poem and the kickoff of the University’s annual Toys for Tots campaign. Rowan President Ali Houshmand will offer the first toy for the drive, which will collect new, unwrapped toys for underprivileged children this holiday season.
Toys for Tots at Rowan will run through Dec. 6. Toys can be dropped off at the Veterans Affairs Office in the Academic Success Center on the third floor of Savitz Hall.
Toys also will be collected on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Rowan-College of New Jersey football game at 7 p.m. During the game’s half-time ceremony, Houshmand and Amy Hoch, a counselor in the University’s Counseling & Psychological Services Center, will be honored for their support of veteran students.
In honor of the veterans and dependents of veterans registered with Rowan’s Veterans Affairs, 271 red, white and silver stars will hang in Savitz Hall during Veterans Week.
Other Veterans Week activities will include:
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1-6 p.m.: Military and Veteran Information Day, second floor, Savitz Hall. Information will be provided by a host of groups, including the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard, the Gloucester County Veteran Service Office, and the Military Support Group of New Jersey, among others.
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m.: Students in the Veteran Students Organization will visit preschoolers in the Early Childhood Demonstration Center in James Hall to read to the children and do a craft project. The veterans will read the children’s book Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin.
Saturday, Nov. 16, 8:15 p.m.: Veterans Appreciation Night at the Rowan-Temple ice hockey game in Hollydell Arena, 601 Hollydell Drive, Sewell. New toys will be collected for Toys for Tots and a bake sale will benefit Lift a Vet and the Dombrowski Veterans Regalia Fund.