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BSU Veterans Day Ceremony Features Reading of Idaho’s Fallen

BSU Veterans Day Ceremony Features Reading of Idaho’s Fallen

Boise State Veterans Day Ceremony Features Reading of Idaho’s Fallen

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Posted By Mike Journee | Nov 4th, 2011 – 12:41 pm | Posted In: Top Story

Boise State will honor the sacrifice of our servicemen and women with a Veterans Day ceremony featuring a reading of the names of those from Idaho who have died in the service of their country in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade.

The ceremony will be held in the south end zone of Bronco Stadium at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11. The event is free and open to the public. Those attending are asked to enter the stadium through the Allen Noble Hall of Fame. Parking for the event will be available in the west stadium parking lot.

Speakers include Boise State President Bob Kustra; Brandie VanOrder, student body president, and Eric Schuler, student body vice president; and Jim Vance, director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office.

Members of the Boise State University community will read the names of Idaho’s fallen as a part of Remembrance Day National Roll Call, a nationwide effort of campus and community volunteers at more than 150 colleges and universities across the nation to read the names of the 6,200-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), now called Operation New Dawn.

With more than one in 12 its students a veteran or active of the U.S. military or VA benefit eligible, Boise State has one of the highest ratios of former or active soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines in the nation. Those numbers are expected to rise as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down.

Immediately following the main ceremony, a reception and dedication of Boise State’s new Veterans Services Center will be held in the Alumni Center at 1173 University Drive, just across University Drive from Bronco Stadium. The new center provides a central location for the more than 2,200 student veterans at Boise State to find veteran services and gather.

For information about the Boise State’s Veterans Day events, contact Erin VanDenburgh at  426-4239 orerinvandenburgh@boisestate.edu.

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