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Trailblazing Green Beret to be Honored at UMass Lowell Event

Flag Ceremony to Recognize Veterans on Campus and in the Community

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UMass Lowell will observe Veterans Day with a flag ceremony at University Crossing on Thursday, Nov. 2.


Media contacts: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944 or and Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or 


WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. 

WHAT: U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Nick Lavery – a decorated Green Beret who is the first Special Forces above-the-knee amputee to return to military combat – will headline UMass Lowell’s annual flag ceremony, which honors veterans on campus and in the community in advance of Veterans Day. 

Lavery, a Boston native and 2007 UMass Lowell graduate, will deliver keynote remarks at the ceremony and is one of this year’s UMass Lowell Military Alumni Veterans Hall of Fame inductees. They also include Ed “Skip” Kittredge, a U.S. Air Force veteran and 1967 graduate of Lowell Technological Institute, one of UMass Lowell’s predecessor institutions. Kittredge, a Hampton, N.H. resident who went on to a successful career in the health-care industry, is a founder of the General Pershing Fund, which provides scholarships to UMass Lowell student-veterans. More than 1,000 student-veterans are enrolled at UMass Lowell on campus and online.

Open to the public, the ceremony will feature the unfurling of an American flag that measures 36 feet by 20 feet. The event will also include the presentation of the colors by UMass Lowell Air Force ROTC Detachment No. 345, along with speakers such as Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and a performance by the UMass Lowell Marching Band. 

WHERE: University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell. Contact UMass Lowell media relations for directions and parking information.