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MSU Veterans Day Events Honor Nations Troops

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For 11 years Missouri State University has celebrated the sacrifices made by local veterans.  To show appreciation for older veterans and troops overseas, the campus will hold several special events for Veterans Day on November 11th.  KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.

Veterans will gather at MSU to be honored at several events. Julie Johnson is a Professor of Modern and Classical Languages and is organizing the campus activities 

“Veterans Day event on campus begin at eight o’ clock with a veteran’s recognition breakfast. That is free for veterans and their guests. Ordinarily we have campus veteran’s both students, faculty and staff who come. Many bring their families. Also community veterans,” says Johnston.

After the breakfast there will be several USO type performances from groups that have performed for troops overseas. Johnson says the most important event will be the “Taps Project” which will occur at 11 am.

 “11 o’ clock is a significant time in the history of Veterans Day because in World War One, the armistice was declared at 11 o’ clock, on the 11thday, of the 11th month. The taps cascade will solemnize and commemorate Armistice Day and Veterans Day by the playing of taps all over campus. They will be spaced at about 50 yard intervals and each one will pick it up on the third note and it will roll, as it were, around campus,” says Johnson

About a hundred trumpet players will be spaced around the campus to salute the veterans. All events are open to the public, but registration is required for the breakfast.  For more information visit ksmu.org. For KSMU News, I’m Matthew Barnes.

 For a full list of activities visit the event webpage:

http://alliance.missouristate.edu/