Dartmouth Honors Veterans With a Week of Events

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The James Wright Award dinner is in Boston after the Dartmouth-Brown game at Fenway Park.

veterans gathered on the green at night waving an American flag
Dartmouth ROTC hold a formal drill and retreat ceremony on the Green last year as part of the annual Veterans Day observances. (Photo by Robert Gill)

Dartmouth’s week of events in honor of Veterans Day includes a formal military retreat and drill ceremony conducted by Dartmouth ROTC, a remembrance breakfast at the Hanover Inn, the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball, and the Dartmouth Veterans Banquet and James Wright Award presentation, held in Boston Saturday night following Friday’s Dartmouth versus Brown football game at Fenway Park.

“Dartmouth is proud to honor the veterans who have served our country so nobly and so ably, allowing us to enjoy the freedoms that are the hallmark of our great nation,” wrote President Phil Hanlon ’77 in an email to the community. “Please join us as we celebrate their achievements and commemorate their sacrifices.”

This year’s veterans banquet, hosted at Boston’s Langham Hotel by the Dartmouth Uniformed Service Alumni (DUSA), student veterans’ organizations, Dartmouth ROTC, and the Dartmouth Club of Greater Boston, will honor all who served, with a focus on Vietnam veterans. The keynote speaker is President Emeritus James Wright.

Dartmouth veterans, alumni, and honored guests are also invited to join their compatriots for the Dartmouth versus Brown football game held in Fenway Park on Friday. The College and veterans’ groups are providing free round-trip bus transportation from Hanover to Boston for banquet attendees. For information or to purchase tickets, visit the DUSA website.

Other commemorative events include:

Veterans Day Remembrance Breakfast: Friday, Nov. 10, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the grand ballroom of the Hanover Inn. The breakfast honors staff, faculty, and student veterans at Dartmouth. It is hosted by Scot Bemis, chief human resources officer. Colors will be provided by the Hanover Fire Department.

Veterans Day Retreat & Drill Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 10, from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. on the Green. The formal drill and retreat ceremony, conducted by the Dartmouth ROTC, will follow the playing of the Service Hymns by the Baker Bells.

Armistice Bells: Saturday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on the Green. At 11:11 a.m., the Baker Bells will play the military service hymns to mark a community-wide moment of observation commemorating Veterans Day and the end of WWI.

Honor the Heroes at the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball: Sunday, Nov. 12, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hanover Inn.

Visit the calendar of events page for the full schedule. Read about four of Dartmouth’s student veterans.

Bill Platt