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SUU to Honor Local Vets at Annual Observance Program

Published: November 06, 2008 | Category: Community Outreach

Southern Utah University will present its 21st Annual Veterans Day Observance Program next Tuesday, November 11, in the Sharwan Smith Center Ballroom at 11 a.m.

As always, this program has been designed to honor all veterans and their service to the United States of America, while specifically recognizing a few local individuals for their personal sacrifice and efforts. This event is free and open to the community, and traditionally, has proved useful in rallying the community behind those committed to protecting the freedoms we all enjoy.

This year’s program will honor Vietnam Veteran James M. Nelson and a number of current students that recently returned from deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. There are approximately 40 current SUU students that have served on overseas deployments.

The program will also feature an inspiring story of a young chaplain, Harry Washburn, and an amazing American flag made by Catholic nuns in Hamelin, Germany. Additionally, Cedar City’s LDS Institute Hope Choir will perform songs to honor our Veterans. The performance is directed by Ralph MacAfee.

The University has made every effort to involve a variety of different community groups. As in year’s past, Iron County fifth grade students are participating in a Veteran’s Day art contest to create posters focused on the theme, “What My Country Means to Me.” The winners of this contest will be recognized and their posters will be displayed at Tuesday’s observance program.

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