Veterans To Share Stories At Vets Town Hall At Camp Meade

An annual occasion to share tales of U.S. service veterans comes to Camp Meade in Middlesex on Sunday, June 27, and Central Vermont veterans and neighborhood members are invited to attend.

The Vets City Corridor is scheduled for 1 p.m. and veterans of any era who served in any capacity are invited to speak for as much as 10 minutes about what it was like to serve their country. Non-veterans are inspired to attend and hear. Organizers emphasize that the event is non-political, and all perspectives are valued.

“For a lot of veterans, it could also be troublesome to speak of their experience out of concern of judgment or misrepresentation,” says Jon Turner, occasion host and an outings chief for the Sierra Club Army Outdoors who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. “Having a possibility to collect with neighborhood members assists with the reintegration course of and makes it potential for us to move past a narrative of battle by honoring and sharing our tales. Attending these gatherings is a reminder of the group we want to embrace after army service.”

The occasion is free to attend although organizers encourage attendees to RSVP at vtvetstownhall.eventbrite.com. Veterans who would like to speak can point out that when registering. If time permits, veterans are additionally welcome to sign up to speak through the occasion itself. The occasion will proceed in gentle rain with a tent. In case of extreme weather, it will likely be rescheduled to July 11. Questions may be directed to organizer Kristen Eaton at [email protected]

Vets Town Halls had been originated by author Sebastian Junger (Battle, Tribe) with the intention of accelerating communication and understanding between veterans and civilians in their communities. The first in Vermont was November 2017 in Burlington. They’ve continued yearly in numerous places since with a break in 2020 because of the pandemic. This can be the first in Middlesex.

Three different Vets Town Halls are planned: July 18 at Prouty Beach in Newport; Aug. Eight on the Godnick Heart in Rutland; Sept. 19 on the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington. All are on Sundays at 1 p.m.