Hodges University’s American Legion Post 397 to host annual Veterans Day ceremony

Hodges University News

Hodges University’s American Legion Post 397, the first Post established on a college campus in the United States run entirely by student veterans, will host their seventh annual Veterans Day celebration on Tuesday, November 11, beginning at 11:00 am at the John R. and Wanda Wood Pavilion on the Hodges Naples campus, 2655 Northbrooke Drive.

The ceremony will pay tribute to all veterans and acknowledge the many sacrifices and accomplishments put forth which have enabled our country to remain strong and vigilant. Following presentation of colors, retired Hodges University Professor and Vietnam veteran Dr. Frederick Nerone (USMC) will be the guest speaker.

During the ceremony, two flags, originally flown above the U.S. Capitol, will be presented to Major General John T. (Mike) Coyne, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), and Major General James Dozier, U.S. Army (Retired). Coyne began his military career in 1959 as an enlisted member of the New York Air National Guard. He was subsequently commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1962 and served on active duty from 1964 to 1967. Upon his release from active duty, Coyne served in Marine Corps Reserve units. He was promoted to the rank of major general on March 3, 1992.

In December 1981, Dozier was kidnapped by the leftist Italian Red Brigades Marxist terrorist group. He was rescued by an Italian anti-terrorist force after 42 days of captivity. Dozier was later promoted to major general and eventually retired from active military service. During his military career he was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for actions during Vietnam War, Ranger Tab and Parachutist Badge.

The public is encouraged to attend the ceremony. For more information, phone (239) 938-7833.

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