Thousands are set to march in the region’s largest veterans’ parade on Sunday morning.
From life on the battlefield to life in the classroom, the transition can be a tough for veterans. Though at the University of Connecticut, retired lieutenant colonel Kristopher Perry is lending a hand to veterans.
“We’re there to grab them when they walk in the door, give them a hug when they walk in, let them know there is a significant veteran program here,” Perry, who is the UConn director of veterans affairs, said.
A portion of that program is known as Veterans Oasis, which is a respite from the hustle and bustle of campus life. The oasis is in the heart of the student union.
A place where veterans can also meet others with similar stories, even if they’re years younger than their peers.
“We’re all pretty much graduate aged students that are undergrads, so it’s nice to be able to connect with other people who are the same age and have similar backgrounds,” Samuel Surowitz, who is a UConn student and veteran, said.
On Sunday Perry will serve once again as one of five grand marshals at Hartford’s veterans’ parade.
“It really is a sense of pride and honor to go out and be part of it,” Perry said.
Perry will represent roughly 1,500 servicemen and women at the UConn campus.
The entire event begins with a symbolic wreath laying to remember the fallen veterans at the Memorial Arch.
The wreath laying ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m., then an hour later the march begins near the State Capitol at Buckingham and Washington streets.
The parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. with about 3,000 people are expected to attend the annual event.
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