Media cover kickoff of UMaine Veterans Week
WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine’s annual American and POW flag raising on the Mall by Army and Navy ROTC to kick off a week of events to coincide with Veterans Day. The activities are coordinated by the UMaine Office of Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) and UMaine Veterans Association. A barbecue to celebrate UMaine veterans was held after the ceremony. “Student veterans are typically nontraditional students here on campus so they blend in,” Tony Llerena, VETS coordinator and school certifying official for veterans, told WABI. “A lot of times student veterans stay anonymous, so the biggest part is to make sure the entire community knows that we do have student veterans on campus.” Officials said there are about 400 student veterans at UMaine, WVII reported.