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University of Central Missouri
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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
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Veterans Day Includes Speaker, Breakfast, Blood Drive and More

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 3, 2014)- Events that include a guest speaker, Military Appreciation Blood Drive, and a breakfast for students, faculty and staff members who served in the military are included in this year’s Veterans Day activities Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the University of Central Missouri.

A highlight of the annual festivities, Col. Gary Gilmore, chaplain, Missouri National Guard Joint Services, will be the keynote speaker during a public ceremony at 11 a.m. in Hendricks Hall, located in the Administration Building. Members of the Missouri National Guard and Whiteman Air Force Base will be involved in the event, followed by a reception at the Administration Building foyer on the second floor. Just outside the entrance to Hendricks Hall will be an informational table from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with representatives from the Veterans Administration.

From 7 to 9:30 a.m. there will be a free breakfast for all UCM students, faculty and staff who are military service members or veterans in Ellis Dining Hall on the east side of campus. An appropriate form of ID (military/veteran ID or copy of DD-214) will be required. The breakfast is sponsored by Sodexo, the university’s food service provider, and individuals may come and go as their schedules permit. Provost and Chief Learning Officer Deborah Curtis will provide the welcome at 7:30 a.m.

Veterans Day also is an opportunity to help save lives of men and women in uniform by participating in the Military and Veteran Services Third Annual Military Appreciation Blood Drive in Elliott Student Union 240. This event is a "challenge" between UCM Military and Veteran Services and the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.  Participants donating blood on campus will help UCM’s Office of Military and Veteran Services attempt to keep the traveling trophy.

Also on Veterans Day, the Mobile VA Medical Unit will be at the campus mall, outside the Military and Veterans Success Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an opportunity for veterans enrolled in KCVA to get flu shots, blood pressure and blood glucose checks.

Anyone who has questions about Veterans Day activities is encouraged to contact Jeff Huffman, director of Military and Veteran Services at UCM, at 660-543-8989 or email, or Delilah Nichols, coordinator of Military and Veteran Services at UCM, at 660-543-8977 or email