University to honor fallen veterans

November 7, 2011

Following the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 tragedy, Indiana State University has joined a nationwide effort to honor American service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade.

On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, campus and community volunteers at Indiana State will join more than 170 schools in all 50 states and the District and Columbia in reading the names of the 6,200-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, now called Operation New Dawn.

Following opening remarks, campus and community representatives will read the names of the fallen from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside Cunningham Memorial Library. The reading of the names will take nearly eight hours to complete as readers announce the names in chronological order. A simultaneous nationwide minute of silence will be observed at 2 p.m.

Other campus activities include a remembrance walk for Hoosiers on the lawn outside the library and a wreath laying ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. in the Library Events Area. Military personnel will be honored later in the day during a basketball doubleheader, beginning at 5 p.m. in Hulman Center.

The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is sponsored nationally by the Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPA is a 12,000-member association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs professionals. The Veterans Knowledge Community mission is to advocate for best practices to help student veterans transition to college and succeed. The goal for the National Roll Call is to have at least one institution in each state participate in the event.

"The reading of individual names is very poignant because it emphasizes the significance of each and every life lost," said Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brett Morris, the National Roll Call coordinator, a retired Army officer and the associate director for veterans affairs at Eastern Kentucky University. "Like the names inscribed at the new 9/11 Memorial in New York, each of the fallen deserve to be remembered for their sacrifice. There is no effort to raise money or promote individual programs. The event is simply to honor those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf."

ISU Veteran's Day activities

All Day Remembrance Walk for Hoosiers    Lawn outside the Library
8 AM Opening Remarks                            ISU Library Entrance
8 AM-3 PM Reading of Names                    ISU Library Entrance
10 AM-3 PM Veterans Appreciation Day        ISU Library Events Area
11 AM Wreath Laying Ceremony                 ISU Library Events Area
2 PM National Moment of Silence
5 PM Military Day Basketball Doubleheader   Hulman Center

Contact: Amanda Bremmer, Center for Community Engagement, amanda.bremmer@indstate.edu  

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3783 or paula.meyer@indstate.edu