WCSU to honor veterans

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DANBURY, CONN. Western Connecticut State University will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, to honor those dedicated to serving our country.

The ceremony will begin at Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The public is invited. At the conclusion of the formal ceremony, there will be a processional to the front of the Old Main building where the Student Veteran Honor Guard will lay a wreath and conduct the flag-folding ceremony over the soldiers cross. WCSU President James Schmotter will recite the Gettysburg Address before the ceremony adjourns for a reception in the lobby of Old Main.

At 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, there will be a moment of silence to commence the Remembrance Day Roll Call. This year the university will focus on those men and women from Connecticut who have given their lives for their country and those who have or are currently serving. Last year, WCSU participated in the nationwide National Remembrance Day Roll Call, marking the 10th year of the post-9/11 combat. As part of a national effort among more than 180 other colleges and universities, WCSU students, faculty, staff and volunteers read the names of 6,314 U.S. service members who died in two major theaters of operation — Iraq and Afghanistan.

To have a name read or to read a name at the roll call, contact Lisa Peck at peckl@wcsu.edu or Dawn Bailey at baileyd@wcsu.edu with the name, rank, branch or service and hometown, and that name will be added to the list.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

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