Military display opens at HVCC
The eighth annual “Pride of Our Nation… Pride of Our College” exhibit, a display of military photographs and memorabilia loaned by faculty, staff and students, opens Saturday, Nov. 10, with a public reception from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Hudson Valley Community College Marvin Library Learning Commons on the Troy campus.
The opening is one day before the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I.
Rear Adm. Timothy Zakriski of Glenville, a Hudson Valley alumnus who assumed command of the 2,800-member New York Naval Militia this August, is guest speaker and Bernard Mcgarry, a medic during World War II, who was with the 105th Hospital during D-day, returns as honorary master of ceremonies.
This year’s exhibit includes stories and artifacts from World War I including the model 1917 helmet issued to James J. Connell while serving with the 105th Infantry, Company M of the American Expeditionary Forces in France, and the medals awarded posthumously to John James Callahan Jr., the first Marine from the Capital Region to be killed in the war.
The exhibit, located in the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium on the first floor of the Marvin Library, is on view through Friday, Dec. 7. Library hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Nov. 21 to 25. Admission is free.
The exhibit is an effort on the part of employees from several departments, is an ever-changing collection of official and family photographs and memorabilia of veterans and active military service members with a connection to the college, according to Alice Malavasic, associate professor in the department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences.