EMU Veterans Week focuses on those who have made sacrifices for country

by Ward Mullens, Published November 05, 2009

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University has had men and women serve in every war since the Civil War. Some have returned and some have not.

Eastern Michigan will honor the service of its veterans during Veterans Week, Nov. 9-13. Veterans Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11

“We want to let them know that we really care,” said Bernice Lindke, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. “There are many ways people can get involved to let veterans know that they are appreciated. We’ll be hosting a letter writing campaign and a drive to collect items to send to currently deployed service members.”         

Other EMU Veterans Week events will include a flag-raising ceremony, a keynote address featuring Tuskegee Airman Alexander Jefferson and Major General William Henderson, and a concert by the Air Force Falconaires.

All events are free and open to the public.

Schedule of events:

• Nov. 9: “The Veteran Experience: An Open Conversation,” 3 p.m., Student Center Kiva Room. EMU student veterans will share their stories of military service during this open forum.

• Nov. 11: Ribbon cutting for the EMU Veterans Services Office, noon-1 p.m., 246 McKenny Hall.

• Nov. 11: EMU Student Veteran Dedication and flag raising, 2 p.m., Westview Apartments.

• Nov. 11: “The Honor of Service,” 4 p.m., Student Center Auditorium. Major General William Henderson, Tuskegee Airman Alexander Jefferson and EMU faculty member Steven Ramold will be the speakers.

• Nov. 11: EMU Supports its troops’ letter writing campaign, 5-8 p.m., 304 Student Center. EMU Student Government will give free T-shirts to all the letter writers.

• Nov. 13: Air Force Falconaires Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7 p.m., Pease Auditorium. This event is free, but does require a ticket. Call 734.487.2282.

Ward Mullens

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