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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Norwich to honor alumni and family in memorial service

For Immediate Release
Sept. 28, 2011

Contact: Daphne Larkin
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Norwich University brings together alumni, family and friends in honor of 27 members of the Norwich community whose names will be added to the Harmon Memorial Wall in a special service during Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. in White Chapel.

Among the 27 names will be decorated Navy SEAL Brian Bill, NU’01, who died on Aug. 6, 2011, in the largest casualty event of the Afghanistan War. His name will join that of his classmate, Mark Dooley, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2005. Their class will be celebrating its 10th Homecoming reunion.

The 30-minute service will include a reading of the names with a brief biography of each person and will conclude with Echo Taps.

The Ernest Harmon Memorial Wall, named for former Norwich President General Ernest Harmon (1950-1965), is part of the park around the statue of Gen. Harmon. The wall is a standing reminder of individuals who have served Norwich University.

Inclusion on the wall is not exclusive to those killed in action.


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