Quincy College Holds First Annual Memorial Day Commemoration
May 7, 2014
By Nathaniel Weitzer
Quincy College Veterans Christopher Sawin and Joseph Sparda honor POW and MIA soldiers.
QUINCY -- Police officers, students, veterans and guests filled the conference room at President’s Place in Quincy Center for an early Memorial Day observance.
English professor Aaron Levine, who has taught at the college for 17 years, recounted his uncle’s experience in World War I, his own tour in the Navy during World War II and the difficulties his students are going through after returning from their own tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mattapan native and business major Jelani Lewis shared some of his combat experience in Afghanistan.
For the past three years, the college has honored veterans with a display of banners throughout campus bearing the names of those who have served.
“We had a spectacular turnout and I think the ceremony was very moving,” said veteran services specialist Chris Sawin, who organized the commemoration. “There’s a big difference between someone seeing a name on a wall, and coming to here these stories about past and current conflicts in person. It’s simply much more powerful of an experience.”
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