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Campus Spotlight: CU Celebrates Veterans Day

Stephanie South, Intern, American Democracy Project

Flags at Cameron University for Veterans Day 2011
Photo provided by Cameron University

In November of 2011, following the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Cameron University, located in southwest Oklahoma, participated in the National Remembrance Roll Call—a nationwide grass-roots effort to honor American service men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country during the past decade.

In conjunction with the project and in commemoration of Veterans Day, the campus placed 6,317 flags in Bentley Garden, each representing military personnel who died in Afghanistan or Iraq. Throughout the day, volunteers read the names behind those flags, and a local moment of silence, coinciding with the national moment of silence, was observed to further honor the memories of fallen and fellow citizens.

During a brief ceremony, CU President Cindy Ross welcomed Major General David D. Halverson, commanding general of the FIRES Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, to speak to the many sacrifices that have been made to preserve freedom around the world. Those who attended the Veterans Day celebration were also encouraged to write thank you notes to the veterans living at Lawton’s Veterans Center and to create a brick for the special Remembrance Wall.

The American Democracy Project is an advocate of campus programming like that which occurred at Cameron University last fall, and we would love to know how your campuses and ADP chapters at colleges and universities across the country commemorated Veterans Day 2012. Please share via commenting on this post or our Facebook wall at http://www.facebook.com/ADPaascu.

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