UMass Lowell Honors Veterans with Week of Events
Capt. John Ogonowski, the pilot of American Airlines Flight No. 11 killed on Sept. 11, 2001 and a UMass Lowell alumnus, will be honored at a Nov. 8 flag-raising ceremony that is the centerpiece of the university’s Veterans Week. The week will pay tribute to the service of the 10 alumni being inducted into the UMass Lowell Veterans Hall of Fame, the university’s 1,200 student veterans and veterans throughout the community. Events include:
· Saturday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m. – Military Legacy Ball, UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell. Ten alumni, including Ogonowski, will be inducted into the UMass Lowell Veterans Hall of Fame. For ticket information, call 978-934-2461.
· Thursday, Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m. – Flag-Raising Ceremony, Cumnock Hall lawn, North Campus, 31 University Ave., Lowell. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside Cumnock Hall. A flyover of U.S. Air Force F-15 jets from the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing is scheduled to begin the observance, weather permitting. Speakers are scheduled to include Chancellor Marty Meehan and Tech Sgt. Ryan Green of Lowell, president of UMass Lowell’s Student Veterans Organization and a meteorology major who is a member of the Air National Guard and Air Force ROTC. Ogonowski’s family is scheduled to attend, as is 2012 Veterans Hall of Fame inductee Airman 1st Class Robert Page of Lowell. Ogonowski, who was from Dracut, graduated from the university in 1972, was commissioned as an Air Force second lieutenant and served during the Vietnam War before becoming a commercial airline pilot. Page graduated in 1976, served in the Korean War and later worked for Raytheon Co. and as a Lowell firefighter, and owned a screen-printing and embroidery business with his wife, Anne Marie.
· Saturday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m. – Military Appreciation Night, Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell. Hockey fans will support the troops as the UMass Lowell River Hawks and University of Maine Black Bears square off in Division I Hockey East play. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Germain, who recently returned from Afghanistan, will do a ceremonial puck-drop. The first 1,000 fans to arrive will receive River Hawk dog tags, courtesy of Eastern Bank, which is also sponsoring this night out for military members stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford. Tickets for any military member with ID will be $5. On Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m., Green will co-captain UMass Lowell’s hockey club in a game against Norwich University presented by the Student Veterans Organization.
Throughout Veterans Week, the university community will participate in a variety of other activities, including donating goods and change at locations across campus to go to care packages for deployed military personnel and displaying streamers on backpacks and purses signifying support for members of the UMass Lowell community who are veterans as well as wearing clothing in a color each day that supports a different branch of the armed forces.