Nova Southeastern University and the Office of Military Affairs held a special Veterans Day Celebration and dedication ceremony for the new Forman Field at the NSU Armed Forces Service Flag Plaza outside the Horvitz Administration Building on Friday, November 11, 2022.
NSU Honors Veterans
The plaza, located on NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus, was renamed the “U.S. Military Service Plaza at Forman Field,” paying tribute to the family responsible for the land on which NSU now sits.
The Forman family owned a significant plot of land in Broward County for farming decades ago. During World War II, the U.S. government bought a swath of the land to construct an airfield for military training. When the war was over, the government sold the land back to the Forman family who then used it to create an “Education Corridor,” which now encompasses NSU, Broward College, and the Florida Atlantic University campuses.
H. Collins Forman, Jr., Esq., said “The dedication of hundreds of acres of the Forman Dairy to the war effort was a proud and patriotic thing for my grandparents, parents and aunt and uncle to do. When the Feds offered it back, it was another proud thing for them to decline to take it back but instead to ask that those lands be set aside as an educational complex. Today two elementary schools, a middle and high school, three universities, an agricultural experiment station, a vocational/technical school and more occupy the former dairy lands. The whole Forman Family is grateful to Nova Southeastern University for recognizing the foresight and sacrifice of my family’s forbearers played in its tremendous success.”
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