Written by Gabrielle Little
Willimantic, CT - Eastern Connecticut State University will host its third annual Veteran's Day Challenge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 9. Prior to the event, there will be a Veterans Day observance ceremony hosted by Veterans Center Coordinator Lawrence Schmitz in the Student Center Atrium.
The formal program will include remarks by Eastern President Elsa Núñez, reflections by Executive Vice President Michael Pernal, and welcoming remarks by Vice President for Student Affairs Kenneth Bedini. Edmund Burke, district military and veteran's affairs representative for U.S. Representative Joseph Courtney, will be the guest speaker.
The Veterans Day Challenge competition is based on the workout of Medal of Honor recipient and Navy Seal Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in 2005 during a tour in Afghanistan. The Navy Medal of Honor website expresses Murphy's sacrifice: "Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing it would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, with complete disregard for his own life, moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men."