Veterans Day Observed at LECOM
LECOM military students stand at attention during the flag raising ceremony on Veterans Day. Pictured (L-R): Regan Shabloski, LECOM Military Club Advisor, Christopher Grace (OMS I), Joe Kelly (OMS II), Jerome Barron (OMS I), Allison Tornich (OMS II), and Katherine Jones (OMS I).

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine paid tribute to our nation’s veterans this November 11th by remembering their service and sacrifice. Veterans Day activities began early in the morning when eight LECOM medical students participated in a flag-raising ceremony outside the main school building in Erie. The students are commissioned military officers, who currently serve in the United States Army, Navy and Air Force. The flag-raising event by military students has become a Veterans Day tradition on the Erie campus. At least 124 students at LECOM Erie, LECOM at Seton Hill, and LECOM Bradenton are members of the military.

The U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force were represented at LECOM's flag raising ceremony on Veterans Day. Pictured (L-R): Shawn Boomsma (OMS II), Craig Van Tassel (OMS II), and Christina Steinhauser (OMS II).

At eleven o’clock, Thomas Corso, Ph.D., LECOM Associate Professor of Biochemistry, played Taps, which echoed down the second floor hallway and could be heard in some of the classrooms. Corso, whose father served in World War II, was honored to play the song. Faculty members also held a moment of silence in their classrooms in observation of Veterans Day.

Thomas Corso, PhD, LECOM Associate Professor of Biochemistry, played Taps for Veterans Day.

Regan Shabloski, D.O., LECOM Director of Clinical Education and Military Club Advisor, is a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army who served in Iraq. “LECOM is very proud of our military and extremely proud of our students and graduates who serve in the military,” he said.

Shabloski said osteopathic medicine and the military are intertwined. “The military recognized the value of DOs early on.” In fact, many communities also learned to appreciate the talents of skills of osteopathic physicians during World War I and World War II when many MDs were serving overseas. “DOs took on more of the health care needs at home.”

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November 11, 2010
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