UWG to Honor the Fallen on Veteran’s Day

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The University of West Georgia has joined a nationwide grass-roots effort to honor American service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade. On Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, campus and community volunteers at more than 80 colleges and universities across the nation will read the names of military men and women who died during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, called Operation New Dawn.

Each campus participating in Remembrance Day National Roll Call will organize its own reading of names and will observe at 2 p.m. EST a simultaneous nationwide minute of silence. Currently, 85 schools in 33 states have agreed to participate in the event.

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 National Roll Call began in 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of the post Sept. 11, 2001, conflicts.

“We want to rally campus communities across the nation to send a message to the troops currently serving - that we, as a national body of students, have not forgotten their sacrifices or those of their fallen brethren,” said Dr. Brett Morris, a retired Army officer and the National Roll Call coordinator.

This year at the UWG event, the reading of names will take four hours and will be narrowed to the southern region and include the states of Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Missouri and Virginia. An additional 30 minutes of the event will be dedicated to individuals on campus honoring any military veterans, whether living or deceased, by including his or her name on the list and reading the name. Nationally, the reading of the names will take nearly eight hours to complete as readers announce the names in chronological order.

The pre-ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the reading of the names beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m. in front of the University Campus Center at the fountain. A table will be set up for students, faculty and staff to write letters of encouragement to military personnel currently serving.

The National Roll Call is grateful to iCasualties.org for the steadfast recording of the fallen over the past 12 years, from which the names of the fallen have been derived. This year’s Remembrance Day National Roll Call is being coordinated on the UWG campus collaboratively by the Student Veterans Association and the Counseling & Career Development Center.

For information about the University of West Georgia’s Roll Call events, contact SVA Advisor, Dr. Michael Keim, at mkeim@westga.edu or CCDC Assistant Director of Outreach, Dr. Donjanea Williams, at dfletche@westga.edu.

For more information about the National Roll Call effort, contact Brett Morris at brett.morris@eku.edu or visit va.eku.edu/rollcall to see a list of participating schools.