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Georgia Southern’s Military and Veteran Student Center hosts inaugural Veterans Day Ceremony

On Nov. 11, Georgia Southern’s Military and Student Veteran Center will host the inaugural Veterans Day Ceremony in honor of our American heroes. The event will take place on Sweetheart Circle where American flags will line the walkway from the entrance of the circle to the Marvin Pittman Administration building, and the stately oak trees will be adorned with yellow ribbons. Patriotic music, remarks, and a special appearance by Freedom, the University’s American bald eagle, are planned for guests. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. with music provided by the Georgia Southern Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Guests are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. for seating.

“Veterans Day is a time to celebrate and honor all U.S. military members who have served our country — past and present,” said student Lindsey Gile. “I believe it is important to show our support and appreciation to those who contributed to our nation’s security and freedoms. I am proud and grateful to have served our country alongside so many great military members. Thank you for your service and sacrifices, Veterans!”

Student Derek Smith, military student advocate, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Speakers include LTC (R) William Roberts, associate dean of students for Military Affairs, Marvin Mills, staff veteran guest speaker, and Justin Williams, student veteran guest speaker. Rick Favors, former vice president of the Student Veterans Association, will provide insight on the history of Veterans Day.

“Veterans Day is a reflection on the things that have been accomplished not only through my actions of serving but also the actions of my peers to accomplish the mission, and most importantly those who came before me, who fought for the freedom I enjoy and who gave me the opportunity to serve,” said Michael Hess, U.S. Army veteran.

This is the first time the Center has hosted a Veterans Day event to show appreciation to veterans in our community who have served. The event has been in the works for several months and the Center plans on continuing this celebration.

“The Military and Veteran Student Center is very proud to host the Georgia Southern University Veterans Day Ceremony,” said LTC Roberts. “This will be a great opportunity for us to salute and celebrate our Service men and women who have served our nation so well.”

The Military and Veteran Student Center, located in the Russell Union, serves as a resource to assist military members, veterans and their family members in making a successful transition to the student community. The Center also helps military and veteran students become contributing members of the University community, and helps them on their path to graduate with knowledge and the tools necessary to continue being a productive member of society.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125 degree programs serving 20,674 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. GeorgiaSouthern.edu.

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