West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Veterans Corps is raising funds for its “My Freedom Wish” project Monday, Nov. 4 through Wednesday, Nov. 13. The group will be collecting donations and selling t-shirts and raffle tickets. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Veterans Corps will also hold a luncheon fundraiser. The event begins at 11 a.m. in the College Activities Center and is open to the public.
The “My Freedom Wish” project was developed with the goal to help fulfill wishes of veterans’ children who have a special need or disability. All funds raised from the luncheon will go toward “My Freedom Wish.” Tickets are $3 for WVU Parkersburg student veterans, $5 for veterans and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased by calling 304-424-8337 or stopping by the Veterans Services office in room 1214. Retired U.S. Marine first sergeant Randall L. Bare will be the featured guest speaker at the luncheon.
A native of Jackson County, Bare is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League and Vietnam Veterans of America. He currently serves as chairman of the Governor’s Veterans Council; judge advocate for VFW Post 3488, Sandyville; service officer for American Legion Post 107, Ripley; and service officer for Jackson County Marine Corps League
In addition to holding several fundraisers, the college is also planning activities for Veterans Day, Nov. 11. WVU Parkersburg will hold a flag raising ceremony at 8:15 a.m. in front of the main campus. The Parkersburg High School Junior ROTC will raise the flag, and Linda Nichols will sing the National Anthem. Later that day, the Veterans Corps will participate in the Parkersburg Veterans Day parade.