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Friday, November 5, 2010

Norwich honors veterans in remembrance ceremony

For Immediate Release
Nov. 5, 2010

Contact: Daphne Larkin
802-485-2886 or 595-3613(m)

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The Norwich University community and the Corps of Cadets will pay tribute to all veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 9 with a special remembrance ceremony at 1:10 p.m. on the Upper Parade Ground.

Our guest speaker will be John “Jack” Moynihan, Captain Commanding, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere.

Approximately 50-75 members from the AHAC unit, including their family members, will be in attendance.

The tribute on the UP includes nine minutes of canon fire in the Roll of Wars and a twenty-one gun salute.

An open reception will follow the outdoor ceremony in the foyer of Jackman Hall.

Members of the Norwich and Northfield communities, area veterans and those currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States are cordially invited to attend. The uniform for this special event is the Service Class A uniform. Please plan on cold weather – dress warmly to be outside.

It would be our honor to have you as our guest.

More on the AHAC:

• There is a display case at the Sullivan Museum and History Center depicting this unit and the Norwich alumni connection.

• The AHAC is the military organization that Washington knew, that was viewed by Benjamin Franklin as they marched through the streets of Boston, and was visited by both John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Eight of its members have received the nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, and four of its members have served as President of the United States: James Monroe, Chester Alan Arthur, Calvin Coolidge and John F. Kennedy.

• Over 30 Norwich University men are members of the AHAC including Board of Trustee members General Gordon R. Sullivan, NU ’59; Charles Perenick, NU ’56; James Moriarty, Jr., NU ‘60; Joseph Milano, NU ’66; Charles Holden, NU’67 and Jack Abare, NU ’57 along with two dozen additional NU classmates There are also over 18 sons and daughters, “AHAC legacies,” currently enrolled at NU or recently graduated.

• Its charter was granted in March 1638 by the Great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay and signed by Governor John Winthrop. The Company was chartered as an Independent Company to train officers for the existing militias.


Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army. Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States of America and the birthplace of our nation's Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu