At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, members of the LSU Law Veteran Advocacy Club were joined by LSU Law Interim Dean Lee Ann Lockridge as well as faculty and staff to raise a new American flag at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center in honor of Veterans Day.
“Presenting a new flag to the Law Center is a symbol of our advocacy for veterans. It is our way of recognizing all that these veterans fought for and sacrificed,” says VAC President Eliana Wackerman. “It’s a small way for us to say thank you, and having the opportunity to present it to Dean Lockridge and the Law Center community on Veterans Day makes this thank you that much more meaningful and important.”
The flag donation by VAC was just one of the ways the student organization celebrated Veterans Day. The organization also spotlighted student veterans and participated in Red Stick Veterans Week, an annual event hosted in Baton Rouge by BREC and Veterans Defender to honor veterans and active military personnel.
As part of the weeklong celebration, Wackerman, Treasurer Hailey Clark, and Executive Board Member Christian Redmon represented the student organization at the 2020 Veterans Defender Commander’s Cup on Sunday, Nov. 8. The team placed third in the competition, which includes a mile-long run, battle run obstacle course, and scavenger hunt.
VAC also continued its tradition of spotlighting veterans at LSU Law with a display in the Student Lounge that featured student veterans as well as friends and family members of LSU Law students who have served in the military.
“The idea has been in the works for the past three years since Aaron Lawrence, former 2018-2019 VAC president, presented the idea,” she says.
VAC is also solidifying plans for a number of guest lectures that it plans to host in the spring semester.
“We anticipate these guest speakers will offer lectures and presentations on a variety of topics, such as Veteran Treatment Courts and transitioning from military service to the civilian world,” Loos says.