UCCS Veteran’s Day ceremonies to feature roll call

November 8, 2012
Contact: Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – University of Colorado Colorado Springs faculty, staff and students will commemorate Veteran’s Day Nov. 12 by participating in the National Roll Call project that recognizes members of the U.S. armed services killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Nov. 12 in Berger Hall, the names of about 5,000 service members who died as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom since will be read aloud. Volunteers will read names for five to 15 minutes until all names are read.

“UCCS will join with campuses across the nation to send the message to the troops currently serving that we have not forgotten their sacrifices or those who have fallen,” Phillip Morris, director, Office of Military and Student Affairs, said.

At noon, all participating campuses will observe a simultaneous nationwide minute of silence.

The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs will also host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 in Berger Hall to share the services offered to active duty military members, veterans, and families.

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 University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.