A seven-member panel discussed the veteran experience - from the initial decision to enter military service and the nature of that service to the impact of a veteran's service on loved ones and the lessons that stay with a veteran for the remainder of life. This special event was part of the University's weeklong 1968 Retrospective, held November 10-15, which commemorated the 40th anniversary of a transformational year in politics, education, science and culture. Event organizers believe the University's 1968 Retrospective is the only event of its kind to take place in Maine, if not New England.
Participating in the panel were four local veterans - Rudy Buitron, US Army retired (Sgt. 1st class), who now lives in Portage; John Barlow, US Air Force (Staff Sgt.), who now lives in Fort Fairfield; Disabled American Veterans Chapter 10 Commander Don Pelkey, US Air Force (Sgt.), who now lives in Fort Fairfield; and Lionel Lavoie, U.S. Marines (Sgt.), who now lives in Frenchville. Also participating in the event were Chancellor Richard Pattenaude and UMPI President Don Zillman, both veterans, and Dr. Carol Hawkins, Director of the Farnham Writers' Center and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Colby College.