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Wilkes University Hosts Heroes Brunch for Veterans Nov. 14

Veterans from World War II to the Gulf War Have Participated in Oral History Project With Wilkes Students

 Nearly 250 veterans, students and guests will gather at Wilkes University on Nov. 14 to participate in the 6th annual Heroes Brunch for Veterans.  It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. The attendees represent military who have served in conflicts from World War II to the Gulf War.

Hosted by Wilkes University freshmen in First-Year Foundations classes, the students have interviewed the veterans about their war-time experiences as part of an oral history project. Students participating in the oral history project are in four sections of the first-year foundations course taught by Marcia Balester, professor and coordinator of the First-Year Foundations program in the University Provost’s Office.

Since the oral history project began in 2012, over 350 oral histories have been recorded by Wilkes students. For the second year in a row, Robert Dolbear, who served in World War II, will be the oldest veteran attending at age 102.

AMVETS Post 189 honor guard will post colors to open the event. University President Patrick F. Leahy will address the group. Wilkes University freshman Nicholas Pronti will deliver a speech addressing his experience with the oral history project.