Students to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Iraq War

Before enrolling at Harper College, Scott Lietzow patrolled the waters off the coast of Somalia with the U.S. Marine Corps. Now, 10 years after the Iraq War started, he's dedicated to ensuring his fellow veterans are not forgotten.

Lietzow, the president of the Harper College Chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, is organizing an event that will mark the anniversary of the war's start. He and fellow students this week plan to plant 180 small American flags on the grounds outside the College's Avanté Center, each representing an Illinois soldier who has been killed since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. They'll also showcase a timeline of money spent since the start of the war, and Darryl Knight, a Marine Corps veteran and Harper's Physical Plant Director, will offer brief comments.

"We want to show our respect to the veterans and let them know that they are not forgotten," says Lietzow, who also sits on Harper's Student Senate. "We want to show them students do care."

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 in the Avanté Center on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Young Americans for Liberty has more than 100,000 members nationwide. The Harper event is part of the group's "Generation of War" contest, challenging individual chapters to create activism projects that will be judged on student engagement and creativity.

Press contact: Patrick Bromley, 847.925.6000 ext.2564, pbromley@harpercollege.edu