Campus, community invited to observe Veterans Appreciation Week
To honor the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the armed forces, Missouri State University will host a series of free activities Nov. 4-13 in coordination with the observance of Veterans Day.
“Missouri State University honors military members and veterans year-round but we especially celebrate with the nation on Veterans Day each November,” said Jenifer Kautzman, coordinator of veteran student services. “This year is no different, our campus is offering an array of events and programs designed to reflect on the contributions of our Armed Forces. We are especially thankful for the over 700 student-veterans and active personnel taking classes on our Springfield campus.”
The Veterans Big Band Dance, featuring the Missouri State Dues Band and the sounds of Harry James, Count Basie, Les Brown, Woody Herman, and much more will be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center, 2546 N. Glenstone Ave. from 7-9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be live music, entertainment and a cash bar.
The Veterans Recognition Breakfast, featuring a theme of “Missouri State Remembers the Civil War,” will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom. Dr. William Piston, professor of history and author of “Wilson’s Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It” and “Lee’s Tarnished Lieutenant: James Longstreet and His Place in Southern History,” will speak about “Fighting for Both Sides: Missourians in the American Civil War.’ Breakfast is free to all veterans and their guests. Please RSVP is requested by Nov. 5 by visiting http://alliance.missouristate.edu or by calling the MSU Career Center at (417) 836-5636.
The Hibernotes, the newest mixed contemporary A Capella group at Missouri State University, will present a program of patriotic music during Missouri State’s Canteen from 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the PSU food court. Soloists from the musical theatre program will also sing pieces from contemporary musicals including “Civil War,” “Parade” and “Ghost.”
The second annual Rope Pull Competition will be held on the North Mall from 10:15-10:45 a.m. The competition will be between ROTC and MSU student veterans.
A concert by the Civil War Ensemble and Trumpet Choir will be held on the McDonald Arena steps at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Taps Project at Missouri State University at 11 a.m. Trumpeters across campus will play the 24 notes of military taps to signalize remembrance of the fallen.
At 11:30 a.m., a Veterans Day Panel Discussion: “Voices of the Civil War in Missouri: A Talk with Veterans” will be held in Plaster Student Union, Room 315. The panel includes Dr. William Piston, Dr. Stephen Trobisch and Connie Langum from Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. This event is co-hosted by the office of multicultural programs and the Alliance for Veterans Committee.
The Missouri State University Pride Band will lead the Springfield Veterans Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m. in downtown Springfield. Missouri State’s veteran student services will participate.
“A Musical Salute to Our Veterans” will be performed by the Missouri State University bands and choirs at 4 p.m. at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Kautzman at (417) 836-6199 or the Alliance for Veterans at the MSU Career Center at (417) 836-5636. Special accommodations can be provided by contacting the MSU Disability Services, (417) 836-4192.
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