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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 3, 2013) – The University of Central Missouri will join in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of those individuals who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy. The campus observance begins at noon Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the quadrangle, and everyone who is interested is welcome. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in Hendricks Hall.
This year’s ceremony is being jointly coordinated by UCM’s Office of Military and Veteran Services, with Scott Ammon, assistant professor of safety sciences, and the university’s Army ROTC battalion. After a welcome by UCM President Charles Ambrose, keynote remarks will be presented by Brig. General Thomas A. Bussiere, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base. Other participants include local firefighters and first responders.
The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts initially launched in 2002 by support groups and 9/11 family members. The purpose is to establish a charitable service day as a forward-looking way to honor the sacrifices of those who were lost and those who united in response to the tragedy at the World Trade Center in Manhattan, N.Y.
Individuals who are planning the UCM observance encourage members of the campus community to actively seek out opportunities to serve through volunteering at local organizations such as the Missouri Veterans Home, Destiny House, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Survival Adult Abuse Center, New Beginnings and other community-based organizations that support individuals in need. A list of additional organizations can be found at www.ucmo.edu/osa/volunteer/opportunities/cfm.
Individuals who want to know more about the ceremony should contact Delilah Nichols, coordinator of Military and Veteran Services, at 660-543-8776, or Scott Ammon, assistant professor of safety science, at