Club & Chapter News – Winter 2017
Every summer, alumni and parents open their hearts and homes to the incoming class. These informal events are true Norwich family gatherings, with NU parents, freshmen, students, staff, and alumni getting to know one another. This year, 40 sendoffs took place across the country, welcoming more than 200 first-year students and their families into the Norwich community and providing a sneak preview of life on the Hill.
One mother at the Chicagoland sendoff said, “It was a great opportunity for my son to speak with current students and learn about Rookdom. After the event, he felt much more confident and was doing fine as of the end of Rook Week.”
When asked what the highlight of the sendoff was, one incoming Maryland student said, “The alumni attending the event gave us great advice and were there to answer any questions we had. Receiving a challenge coin was also pretty neat.”
If you are interested in hosting a sendoff next summer for the Class of 2021, please contact Heather Socha at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-485-2303.
Editor’s note: We regret we did not have room to publish all the sendoff photos in the printed Record. Below we have included all the sendoff photos we received.
Sendoffs Across the U.S.A.
Events and more can be found online at alumni.norwich.edu/calendar
NU Clubs of Cape Cod and D.C. Honor Veterans
The NU Club of Washington, D.C. Veterans Day service tradition takes place at Arlington National Cemetery. The group comes together each November to place NU flags and coins at the gravesites of Norwich alumni buried there. This year’s event was organized by Danielle DeForest ’01, M’05 and George Freeman ’94. Pictured are the gravestones of retired Army Lt. Gen. Edward H. “Ted” Brooks ’16, who survived both World Wars and Korea to live to be 85, Army 2nd Lt. Philip Benn ’67, who was killed by friendly artillery in Vietnam, and Army 2nd Lt. Stephanie Maree Hurley ’07, a former NU Women’s Rugby captain who died of a sudden illness in 2008. Additional November service events will appear in the spring 2017 Norwich Record.
Every November, on the Saturday before Veterans Day, Norwich alumni in the Cape Cod area come together to honor America’s veterans by placing American flags on their graves. Victor Kim ’60 was one of more than 70 alumni, family members, and friends of Norwich who joined the NU Club of Cape Cod and hundreds of other volunteers at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass., on November 5, 2016, to place flags on 68,000 veterans graves. His personal account follows:
“I spent this morning at the Bourne National Cemetery with many of my Norwich schoolmates, including the spirit of my friend and classmate, Dick Schultz ’60, who passed away this summer after a 15-month battle with cancer. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and the place was packed with people and groups such as the hockey team from my old Bourne High School, Cadets from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Boy and Girl Scout troops, uniformed representatives from every branch of service, and people from all walks of life. After some speeches, the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, and the playing of the National Anthem, the mass of people walked to preassigned locations where they picked up bundles of flags before fanning out between the rows of stones. In practically no time, a sea of red, white, and blue rectangles were waving in the breeze.”
What is remarkable is that as recently as seven years ago, such placing of flags was not allowed at Bourne. The tradition was inspired by Sgt. First Class Jared Monti, a Massachusetts-born veteran who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2006 while attempting to save a wounded comrade. Several years ago, Jared’s father, Paul Monti, a science teacher from Raynham, Mass., was denied permission to place a flag on his son’s grave. Undaunted, he followed the chain of command until he was granted permission. Told he could place a flag as long as he removed it a week later, he not only placed one on his son’s grave, but also saw to it that every grave in the cemetery received a flag. Today, Paul still organizes the annual Veterans Day flag-placing at Bourne, as well as one on Memorial Day. His son was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2009.