Marquette welcomed new celebration for Veterans Day
Monday morning’s frigid temperatures didn’t keep away civilians, servicemen and servicewomen dedicated to Marquette’s inaugural Veterans Day Warrior Walk.
What started as a Michigan State University Master of Social Work assignment, transformed into an event of action.
“Thank you is just kind of what we maybe feel good saying, and you know, has good intentions, but sometimes it just furthers the divide between veterans and civilians,” said co-host Leslie Kovar, MSU Master of Social Work Student. “We wanted to go above and beyond that and try to get people to support veterans in a different way and make a bigger impact.”
“Give people an opportunity to really see what our veterans experience as their overseas and facing elements that are outside of their control,” said co-host Brian Lingle, MSU Master of Social Work Student.
Thirty civilians and veterans came together to strap on rucksacks weighted down with sandbags and walk outside from the Superior Dome to D.J. Jacobetti Home of Veterans.
“Help everybody understand the burden of war that our service members carry whether in combat or just through their service, and in spent, was actually meant for anybody to participate,” said Jason Wallner, Regional Veteran Navigator of the Upper Peninsula.
Young and old participants were excited to celebrate Veterans Day a little different this morning.
“I do have personal connections, family, friendships, and also even colleagues that have been deployed and gone through the combat experience,” said Kovar. “I just feel like it’s kind of my mission to give back to them in whatever way that I can and part of that is becoming educated on their issues.”
The MSU Masters Students say they were proud of everyone who took the steps to show their gratitude this Veterans Day.