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Media Advisory: MU Celebrates Veterans Week

November 11th, 2017

Story Contact: Liz McCune, 573-882-6212, mccunee@missouri.edu

WHAT: In recognition of Veterans Day and in honor of those who have served in the military, the University of Missouri will host several activities during Veterans Week. Highlights include a parade hosted by the Mizzou Joint Air Force ROTC, a panel with student veterans, a speech by Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Florent Groberg and the annual wreath laying ceremony.

WHEN & WHERE: Nov. 3-11, various campus and downtown locations, see schedule below for specific event times and locations.

WHO: All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Friday, Nov. 3
Veterans Week Film: Dunkirk
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union South
The movie depicts World War II’s Dunkirk evacuation in the United Kingdom from three perspectives: land, sea and air. Tickets at the door are $1 with MU student ID and $2 for others. This event is sponsored by the Missouri Students Association, the Graduate Professional Council, Campus Activities and the Mizzou Student Veterans Association.

Saturday, Nov. 4
Mizzou Joint ROTC Veterans Day Vigil
11:11 a.m.
Boone County Courthouse, 705 E. Walnut St.
Cadets and midshipmen from the ROTC units at Mizzou will form a detail and hold a vigil near the war memorials at the Boone County Courthouse. A detail of cadets will march every hour from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5. The vigil is coordinated by the Air Force ROTC, Detachment 440.

Sunday, Nov. 5
Mizzou Joint ROTC Annual Veterans Day Parade
10:30 a.m.
Boone County Courthouse, 705 E. Walnut St.
The annual MU Veterans Day parade hosted by the ROTC will begin at MU’s Columns and travel along Eighth Street to the Boone County Courthouse. Several Boone County veterans and commemorative organizations will participate. A short ceremony will be held at the Boone County Courthouse immediately following the parade.

Monday, Nov. 6
Green Zone Training, Student-Veteran Panel Discussion and Lunch
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
N214 Memorial Student Union
This is an inaugural event that features Green Zone Training, which is designed to provide faculty and staff with an appreciation for the challenges faced by student veterans with a goal of building stronger connections. Following an overview, student veterans will share their experiences. The event includes a packaged military meal known as a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE). The event is sponsored by the MU Veterans Center, Mizzou Student Veteran Association, Campus Activities and the Green Zone Committee.

NOTE: This panel and lunch requires an invitation. Members of the media interested in attending should contact Liz McCune from the MU News Bureau at (573) 882-6212 or email mccunee@missouri.edu.

Tuesday, Nov. 7
Mizzou Military Mementos
10:45 a.m.
Stotler Lounge, Memorial Student Union
The public is invited to write letters of appreciation to veterans. Mizzou Military Mementos is sponsored by the Missouri Student Unions.

Wednesday, Nov. 8
Veterans Week Speaker: Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Florent Groberg
7:30 p.m.
Jesse Auditorium
Florent Groberg’s selfless display of courage in tackling a suicide bomber while protecting a command team earned him the Medal of Honor. This event is sponsored by the Missouri Students Association, Graduate Professional Council, Campus Activities and the Mizzou Student Veterans Association.

Thursday, Nov. 9
Thank You Cards for Veterans
10 a.m.– 2 p.m.
Main Level, MU Student Center
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to thank local veterans by making a card. Supplies will be provided to send a message of thanks and hope to veterans at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital. This opportunity is sponsored by Campus Activities.

Friday, Nov. 10
Veterans Clinic Symposium
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Room 7, Hulston Hall
This year’s annual Veterans Clinic Symposium is “Modern Warfare: Challenges Arising from the Gulf War and the War on Terror,” with keynote presentation by Christopher W. Dunn, a 2014 School of Law graduate and owner of GeoVelo and Gulf War Veteran. For more information, visit law.missouri.edu. The symposium is sponsored by the Mizzou Law Veterans Clinic.

Veterans Week: Wreath Laying Ceremony
Noon
Memorial Tower, Memorial Student Union
This ceremony will recognize and honor MU veterans. The event begins with a ceremony at the Memorial Tower which includes a guest speaker and the annual laying of the wreath. Additionally, the Remembrance Day National Roll Call will occur to remember those who, as President Lincoln described, “gave their last full measure of devotion” while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ceremony concludes with a national minute of silence at 1 p.m. to honor our fallen soldiers. A reception will follow the ceremony. The event is sponsored by the Missouri Student Unions.

“I Support Mizzou Veterans” Photo
12:50 p.m.
Archway, Memorial Student Union
All students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to be a part of the annual “I Support Mizzou Veterans” photo. This event is sponsored by the Missouri Students Association, the Graduate Professional Council, Campus Activities and the Mizzou Student Veterans Association.

Veteran’s Week Weekend Film: Megan Leavey
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union South
Marine corporal Megan Leavey and her combat dog Rex get separated after an explosion in this film based on a true story. Tickets at the door are $1 with MU student ID and $2 for others. This event is sponsored by the Missouri Students Association, the Graduate Professional Council, Campus Activities and the Mizzou Student Veterans Association.

Mizzou Veterans Week Banquet
6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner
N214 Memorial Union
The private dinner is sponsored by the Mizzou Student Veterans Association and Campus Activities.

 NOTE: This banquet is by invitation only. Members of the media interested in attending should contact Liz McCune from the MU News Bureau at (573) 882-6212 or email mccunee@missouri.edu.

Saturday, November 11
Mizzou v. Tennessee
Memorial Stadium
Military Appreciation Game

Veteran’s Week Weekend Film: Megan Leavey
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union South
Marine corporal Megan Leavey and her combat dog Rex get separated after an explosion in this film based on a true story. Tickets at the door are $1 with MU student ID and $2 for others. This event is sponsored by the Missouri Students Association, the Graduate Professional Council, Campus Activities and the Mizzou Student Veterans Association.

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