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SUU's 17th Veterans Day Observance Program, November 11

Published: November 05, 2004 | Author: Kathy Nelson | Category: Special Events

Southern Utah University will hold its 17th Annual Veterans Day Observance Program on November 11, 2004, at 11:00 a.m. in the Sharwan Smith Center Ballroom to honor all veterans and their service to our country.

The date and time have significance as the month, day and time are historical. The treaty to end WWI was signed November 11, 1918, at 11:00 a.m.--11th month, 11th day, 11th hour. Up until the 1940s, the day was known as Armistice Day. At that point, it was changed to Veterans Day to honor all veterans and their service to our country.

Kathy Nelson, Assistant Registrar at SUU, is the coordinator of the Observance Program on campus each year. She notes that this year’s celebration holds an extended implication to her after she learned this past Memorial Day weekend, when a World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., it was noted that our country is losing thousands of WWII vets per day. She is particularly moved this year to honor these American heroes. Afterall, she notes, Tom Brokaw, NBC newsman calls this group, the “Greatest Generation.”

“The nickname seems to echo the sentiment of our nation,” Nelson says. “It is appropriate that our school and communities should take this opportunity to express our gratitude.

“This year,” Nelson continues, “we are inviting as many WWII veterans as we can identify to take part in the program. If anyone knows of a WWII veteran who has not received a personal letter from the University, and would like to participate, please call me at 586-7715 and we will get the information to them.

The Veterans Day Observance Program is free and open to the public. The entire community is invited and welcome.

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