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Following the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, Clayton State University 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, through the Remembrance Day National Roll Call.
On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, campus and community volunteers at more than 100 colleges and universities across the nation will read the names of the 6,200-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF), now called Operation New Dawn. To read the names of the fallen, volunteers should register at: http://doodle.com/6vf9fwc5qdz9maik. Each reader will read 200 names in 15 minute increments. The reading will take up to eight hours and will begin at 8 a.m., and end at 4 p.m., at the outdoor Lawson Amphitheater on the Clayton State campus.
Each campus nationwide participating in Remembrance Day National Roll Call will organize its own reading of names and will observe at 11 a.m. PST, 2 p.m. EST, a simultaneous nationwide minute of silence. Currently, more than 115 schools in 43 states, plus the District of Columbia, have agreed to participate in the event.
Prior to the reading, Clayton State Vice President of External Relations and retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Robert L. "Steve" Stephens will host the opening ceremony at 8 a.m. Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences Dr. John Campbell will lead the observance of the minute of silence at 2 p.m. Also featured will be a drill team competition and demonstration, the veterans gratitude poster and a flag planter for fallen service members.
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 (VKC) mission is to advocate for best practices to help student veterans transition to college and succeed. 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.
“We wanted to rally campus communities across the nation to send a powerful message to the troops currently serving that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen,” says Lt. Col. (Ret) Brett Morris, the National Roll Call coordinator and a retired army officer and the associate director for veterans affairs at Eastern Kentucky University. “The reading of individual names is very poignant because it emphasizes the significance of each and every life lost.
“Like the names inscribed at the new 9-11 Memorial in New York, each of the fallen deserve to be remembered for their sacrifice. There is no effort to raise money or promote individual programs. The event is simply to honor those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf.”
The readers will announce the names in chronological order. The Clayton State University Student Veterans Association will participate in the Clayton State campus activities.
For information about the Clayton State University Roll Call events contact Shiraz Karaa at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the National Roll Call effort, contact Morris at email@example.com. Go to www.va.eku.edu/rollcall to see a list of participating schools.