AIC honors local veterans with on campus assembly

Hampden County

Events honoring veterans continued throughout western Massachusetts on Monday.

The chairman of AIC’s Veterans Alumni Committee told 22News Monday is all about honoring the brave men and women who protect and serve.  

Veterans all over the country are being honored and thanked for their service. Nearly 50 people gathered in AIC’s Schwartz Campus Center Auditorium for a salute to veterans, both past, and living.

During the event, a patriotic essay written by an AIC student was read by a veteran.

A Vietnam veteran and AIC graduate told 22News, he has mixed emotions on Veterans Day.

“I get very remorseful about the past and I get very interested in making sure veterans are recognized for what they do,” said Ken Geromin. “And as one of our congressman recently said, along with ‘thank you for the service. Never forget.’”

A missing man table, also known as the Fallen Comrade Table, was placed in the corner.

The table is outfitted with symbolic items, including a white tablecloth, a rose, salt, a lemon, and a bible.

A pinning ceremony will be held in June to honor graduating veterans.

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