World War II Vet, Bronze Star Recipient Speak at Memorial Day Event

Posted by on May 20, 2013

On May 22, join Minnesota School of Business-Blaine (MSB) students and staff as we observe Memorial Day in conjunction with Student Appreciation Day.

“We have several activities planned to make this a great event for all who attend,” says Meghan Hathaway, community manager.

Food will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Sandwiches, chips, fruit, pickles, potato salad, Kool-Aid (red, white, and blue), and cake will be

Students and staff had the opportunity to write a thank-you message to the troops on a flag. They are displayed along the stairwell at the Blaine campus.

served. Each session will include a short program in which military representatives will be recognized and introduced.

We have a special privilege in welcoming a World War II veteran to our day session. Fremont Gruss, a Minnesota School of Business graduate, remembers vividly the Great Depression’s impact on his life. He will share his memories of his childhood and his time in the war with MSB employees, students and guests at the event.

Nick Peterson, a 2013 graduate from the MSB-Blaine campus, is an Army reservist with combat experience deployed to Iraq and Bosnia decorated with the Bronze Star. He will speak during the evening session about attending Minnesota School of Business and completing his education while fulfilling his military obligations.

A red, white, and blue eating contest will take place at 4:30 p.m., and a fabulous prize will be given to the winner. Five individuals can participate. To sign up, email Hathaway at

At 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. all are welcome to view the film, Taking Chance in room 320. This movie follows the experience of Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl (Kevin Bacon), who escorts the body of a fallen Marine, PFC Chance Phelps, back to his hometown from the Iraq War. RSVP to Hathaway at if you’d like to view the movie as space is limited.

“We hope you will join us for this important recognition of our armed forces, and enjoy some food and fellowship with friends,” says Hathaway.


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