On the importance of Community

Cadet Connor Druin

Cadet Connor Druin

With the passing of a fellow cadet, I am reminded that Norwich University is not only an institution, but also a community. Connor Drouin, a senior cadet, passed away at the age of 22 over Thanksgiving Break. On a frigid Tuesday night, the corps of cadets donned their “grey-on-whites,” the most iconic uniform of the cadet, and stood a vigil during echo taps.

Drouin’s rook platoon, 15-2-2, stood together as a unit on the upper parade ground in special remembrance for their fallen rook brother. The UP was silent except for the firing party and bugle. Numerous civilian students joined to pay their respects at the ceremony. All barracks rooms facing the UP were dark, and every cadet saluted as the firing party performed a 21 gun salute, and echo taps played in the dark.

The corps is a special entity, with a long-standing tradition that means the college campus fosters a “we take care of our own attitude,” which is shown in smaller every day interactions. People find ways to carpool home over break with strangers, wallets are always returned with all of the money left inside, and keys don’t go missing for long on campus. Though the corps is split into various units, one can always find camaraderie in a fellow cadet, due to the shared experiences of attending this school. This extends to cadets in contact with alumni, and alumni relations with each other. Norwich University’s Corp of Cadets truly embodies a family when the going gets tough, and that is an incredibly unique quality at this school that I am honored to be able to witness and be a part of.

Connor Drouin’s obituary can be found on the Wolfersberger Funeral Home website.

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