LCC inducts veterans into memorial
By Aaron Wilton
Editor in Chief
The Health and Human Services building on LCC’s main campus houses the LCC Veterans Memorial. Each year new inductees are added to the memorial.
This year’s induction ceremony was held Friday, Nov. 10 in the HHS on the garden level.
Three veterans were inducted: Sgt. Charles “Pete” R. Stults of the U.S. Army Airforce, 1st Lt. Winifred J. Barrow of the U.S. Army, and Sgt. Charles T. Foster of the Michigan 3rd Volunteer Infantry.
Director of the Office for Veteran and Military Affairs Andrew Cosgrove gave the opening statement at the ceremony after leading the over 120 attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Cosgrove spoke about the opportunity he had to interact with one of this year’s inductees, Stults. He finished his opening with a remark about veterans as a whole.
“That is who Pete (Stults) was; that is who our veterans as a whole are,” Cosgrove said. “(They are) humble people who aren’t out to get recognized for things they have done for us and our country.”
Cosgrove then introduced Bill Lapham, the veteran academic adviser, who announced the 2017 inductees.
Lapham gave a brief summary of each inductee’s service and read their rank and unit information, then stated who was accepting the award on behalf of each inductee.
While Lapham was speaking, Cosgrove presented the acceptors with a clear, engraved, commemorative acrylic block.
One of the three inductees was actually present for the ceremony. Barrow, 97, and her son, Steve Barrow, were there to receive her award. Barrow was also featured in a video summary of the inductees’ service, which was played after the ceremony.
Barrow spoke to The Lookout after the event concluded.
“I was really quite overwhelmed,” Barrow said. “It was a beautiful service.”
Barrow added she was surprised by the impressive audience garnered by the event.
For more information on the LCC Veterans Memorial, visit https://www.lcc.edu/veteran/memorial/ or stop by the memorial in the Fred Abood Rotunda on the HHS building’s garden level.