University to Observe Veteran’s Day on November 12
A highlight of William Paterson University’s observance of Veteran’s Day will be a roll call of the names of servicemembers who have been killed in action.
The observance begins with a lunch for veterans hosted by University President Kathleen Waldron on Thursday, November 8 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., in University Commons Ballroom C. President Waldron, in cooperation with the Office of Veteran Affairs, will be hosting the annual Veteran Student and Veteran Faculty/Staff luncheon. The annual event recognizes and honors all veteran students, faculty and staff who have served our country.
A national roll call will be held on Monday, November 12 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. by the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) in conjunction with the Office of Veteran Affairs to honor all service members both past and present. The ceremony, which will take place in the Student Center Multi-Purpose Room, is a part of a larger nationally organized effort by the Veterans Knowledge Community (VKC) which is a division of the NASPA Foundation, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to student affairs administrators in higher education.
The roll call ceremony will include the reading of a New Jersey casualty list of all killed in action (K.I.A) soldiers along with names of individuals who were directly known by William Paterson students. Included with this ceremony will be performances by the William Paterson Gospel Choir and student veteran Chris Brune playing bagpipes. The event will also feature more than 6,500 “Field of Flags” located in Zanfino Plaza, one per servicemember who has been K.I.A since 9-11-2001 in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
During the event, the SVO will be unveiling its newest addition to the campus: a life- size Bronze Fallen Hero Battle Cross which is planned for display once the club has established a campus spot to adopt.
For additional information, visit the University’s Office of Veteran Affairs website at http://www.wpunj.edu/veterans or contact Lynette Butler, coordinator of veterans affairs and mediation services, at 973-720-2323.