MSU schedules Veteran's Day Ceremony Nov. 10
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In honor of all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, Minot State University's Veterans Center has scheduled a Veterans' Day program, Thursday (Nov. 10) at 3:45 p.m. in Hartnett Hall.
"It is important that we take time to reflect upon the tremendous sacrifices our country's veterans have made on our behalf, and how their courage profoundly impacts the freedoms we enjoy every day," said David Klassy, Veterans Center director.
The Veterans' Day program will include the national anthem sung by Brian Westerman, a veteran MSU student; remarks by Klassy, a veteran himself and MSU President David Fuller; and roll call of veterans in the First Lutheran Church cemetery, by SPC and faculty member Patty Hunt.
In 1918, after four years of bitter war, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month Germany and the Allied nations signed a cease-fire agreement. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time with President Wilson proclaiming the day be "filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory."
An Act was approved on May 13, 1938, which made November 11 in each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans", and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served. November 11 is also celebrated as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day in many parts of the world.
"Through their blood, service and sacrifice, veterans have given us freedom, security and the greatest nation on earth," Klassy said. "How do you put a price on that?"
Currently the MSU Veterans Center serves approximately 200 veterans and their dependents.