Veterans Honored in Community Celebration

Published: November 08, 2013 | Read Time: 3 minutes

Join in honoring America’s veterans at Southern Utah University’s Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, November 11 — a day to honor those who have served or who are currently serving in the armed forces.

The 26th annual SUU Veterans Day Observance Program will begin at 11 a.m. in the Randall Jones Theatre. The public is encouraged to attend the event in honor of Cedar City’s veterans.

This year, while honoring the service of all veterans, four local vets will be individually recognized for their service—Scott Wallace, Kristi Wallace, Richard Stucki, and James Miller—in a program conducted by SUU School of Business Dean Carl Templin, a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Air Force.

A formal Presentation of Colors and Presenting of Arms by SUU’s ROTC is an audience favorite year after year. This year, as an added gesture of appreciation, ROTC officers will also usher the event.

A community-wide favorite will be the musical entertainment by the Cedar High Band and the national anthem sung by SUU music major Christina Meikle and Grayson Moulton, SUU theatre major, will read the poem “Veterans Day.”

Other events associated with the day will be a free Benefit Breakfast hosted by the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service and the SUU Veterans Club. The breakfast will be located at the Alumni House (northeast corner of 300 West and University Blvd.) and will run from 8 to 10 a.m. The pancake breakfast is free for all veterans and their families, but donations will be accepted to help support local veterans who are in need.

Explaining the purpose of accepting donations, Sam Findley, president of the SUU Veterans Club said, “What's exciting about this event is that community members, through their donations, will be able to help people they personally know. They will be able to see the impact of their contribution and witness families benefiting from their generosity.”

Directly following the breakfast will be a Flag Raising Ceremony at Veteran’s Park from 10-10:40 a.m. The memorial will include a message from Mayor Joe Burgess and is sponsored by the Iron County Veterans Coalition.

About the Honorees:

Major General James Miller once oversaw the entire Utah National Guard before he retired in 2000, wrapping up an impressive 46 years serving our country. Major General Miller was also the dean of the School Education for 19 years.

Scott Wallace is currently a junior at SUU majoring in interdisciplinary studies. He was deployed to Iraq with the 222nd Field Artillery Regiment and now is a part of the SUU ROTC program.

Kristi Wallace enlisted in 2010 as a signal support system specialist and was deployed in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011 with the 222nd Field Artillery Regiment, where she received an Army Commendation Medal. She is now pursuing a history degree from SUU. 

Richard Stucki served in WWII as a private in the Army Battalion of the 222nd Field Artillery Regiment and later went on to be a flight instructor at Douglas Army Air Field in Arizona. Stucki was the cofounder for U&S Motor Company and is now retired.

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