Veterans Day Observances Planned On Concord University Campus

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 23 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. - The Concord University Office of Veterans Affairs is hosting two events in November that honor service by members of the United States military. The community is invited to attend both observances.

A Veterans Appreciation Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The event coincides with Veterans Day (Nov. 11) observances nationwide. The program will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Marsh Hall. U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (W.Va.) is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

On behalf of Concord’s Veterans Committee, Rahall will present the Veterans Advocate of the Year Award to Major General Allen E. Tackett, Retired WV National Guard.

Concord University is among the top veteran friendly institutions of higher education in the country. The number of veterans and other military personnel attending Concord with assistance from the Post 9/11 GI Bill continues to grow.

Concord will also participate in the Remembrance Day National Roll Call on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. The nationwide grass-roots effort honors American service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade and follows the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Members of the Concord community will join volunteers at more than 100 colleges and universities across the nation in reading the names of the 6,200-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF), now called Operation New Dawn.

Reading of the names on each campus will take nearly eight hours to complete as readers announce the names in chronological order. Concord’s reading will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gazebo near the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center. A simultaneous nationwide moment of silence will be observed by all schools at 11 a.m. P.S.T. (2 p.m. at Concord). Organizers of the event hope to have students from at least one school in every state participate.

For more information contact Concord University Veterans Coordinator Lisa Spencer at 1-304-384-5339, 1-888-384-VETS (8387) or