Veterans are invited to speak, unscripted, about what their service means to them, and the whole community is encouraged to attend, to listen, and to learn. This event, inspired by author Sebastian Junger, aims to establish a greater understanding between local veterans and the friends and neighbors they fought for.
In the tradition of warrior storytelling, veterans are invited to describe the pride, grief, rage, or quiet appreciation of life that the war bestowed upon them – to share a story, summary of service, message, letter home, excerpt from a war journal, or even the story behind a photograph.
After a period of service in the Air Force as a medic, Marty McMahon, St. Johnsbury’s event host, returned to academic studies in literature, language, and rhetoric, receiving a master of arts from Middlebury College. Marty has worked as a high school teacher, a chimney sweep, a field technician in alternative energy (including working as a contractor and crew chief on the Navy TACTS program, installing wind and solar systems on their off-shore platforms). He has taught at CCV, Vermont College, and Norwich (supervising cadets while teaching Military Literature to Special Ops personnel in their Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis online program) before returning to CCV as a Veteran & Military Resource Advisor.
This event is sponsored by Community College of Vermont. Cabot Creamery Co-operative is donating snacks.
RSVPs are encouraged (but optional). Registration information will be posted by mid-September. (For updates, join the Facebook event or sign up for the e-newsletter at www.vtvetstownhall.org.) If you’re interested in speaking at this event, or have any questions, please contact email@example.com.