Special to the Parade
The Veterans Upward Bound Program will host the 12th annual Veterans Day Ceremony at noon Thursday, Nov. 10 on the Cardenas South Hall Lawn.
The keynote speaker will be Maj. Raul Salinas Jr., U.S. Army Retired and Senior Army Instructor at Weslaco East High School of the Weslaco Independent School District.
The university’s ROTC Bravo Troop, the International Christian Center of Brownsville, the American Legion Post 43 of Brownsville, the UTB Master Chorale and Valley Baptist Medical Center will participate.
On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, volunteers from campuses and communities at more than 173 colleges and universities across the nation will read off the names of the 6,200-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF), now called Operation New Dawn, for the Remembrance Day National Roll Call.
At UTB, 16 readers, some with ties to the names read, will read the list of names beginning at 6 a.m. The reading of the names will take nearly eight hours to complete as readers announce the names in chronological order.
At 8 a.m. there will be a break for opening remarks, at 1 p.m. there will be a moment of silence and at 2 p.m. the reading will conclude.
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 strong association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs professionals.
The Veterans Knowledge Community (VKC) mission is to advocate for the best practices to help student veterans transition to college and succeed in a college environment. As the National Roll Call sponsor, the goal of VKC is to have at least one institution in each of the 50 states participate in the event.