UMaine, Army Guard Mark Anniversary of Soldier’s Death, BDN Reports

The Bangor Daily News reported the University of Maine and Maine Army National Guard held a ceremony outside Nutting Hall to mark the ninth anniversary of the death of Maine Army National Guard Staff Sgt. David Veverka. Veverka, a UMaine senior from Pennsylvania, and Staff Sgt. Dale Kelly Jr., 48, of Richmond were killed in an attack on May 6, 2006, in Iraq, according to the article. The event was the eighth annual ceremony held at the memorial tree, stone and bench outside the building where Veverka studied, the article states. Daniel Harrison, a wildlife ecology professor at UMaine, spoke about Veverka and said part of his legacy is a scholarship that allows students to attend conferences and workshops. While at UMaine, Veverka was president of the student chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, vice president of The Wildlife Society’s student chapter, a National Science Foundation teaching fellow and a recipient of a College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture undergraduate research grant, according to the article. The university awarded him a posthumous bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology in 2006.