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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 28, 2011) – In cooperation with the Warrensburg community, local veterans organizations and Whiteman Air Force Base, the University of Central Missouri is planning two Veterans Day activities Friday, Nov. 11 to celebrate the lives and honor the memories of many men and women who served the United States. The public is encouraged to join in these events, which include a ceremony honoring servicemen and women and the opening of a new facility dedicated to assisting current military and veteran students with their education at UCM.
Members of American Legion Post 131 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2513 are among those working with the university to plan a ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Multipurpose Building with a special focus on Vietnam era veterans. Individuals who served in any branch of the service from Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 will get special recognition.
Keynote speakers include University President Charles Ambrose and Brig. Gen. Scott A. Vander Hamm, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing at WAFB. They will be joined by special guests that include Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.
About 80 area Vietnam era veterans are planning to participate in the ceremony. The event will also include participation from faculty and students in UCM’s Department of Music and students in the Army ROTC program. Lt. Col. Chris Leljedal, professor and chair of the Department of Military Science and Leadership, and Alex Slocum, commander, Matthews-Crawford American Legion Post 131, will serve as masters of ceremonies.
The Veterans Day celebration continues at 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend the opening of the new Military and Veterans Success Center, located in Elliott Union 117. President Ambrose will be the keynote speaker for the ceremony, which also will be attended by Congresswoman Hartzler and other special guests.
“This is another way we can assist our military and veteran students to be successful by providing individual and group study areas, computer work stations, and dedicated staff,” said Delilah Nichols, coordinator of Military and Veteran Services at UCM.
The local veterans representative of the Missouri Career Center will also have an office within this new facility, and will be able to assist military personnel and veterans with inquiries that may not necessarily be related to their college education.
The Military and Veterans Success Center is an addition to other initiatives UCM has undertaken in recent months to better serve current military personnel, their families, and veterans. Among them is a new Military Tuition Package, which assists those students utilizing military tuition assistance or the GI Bill by eliminating some fees that are not covered by their educational benefits.
Individuals who want to know more about the upcoming Veterans Day events or other opportunities provided at UCM for those who serve our country are urged to contact Nichols at 660-543-8776.