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Washburn Invites Community to Celebrate, Remember Veterans

11/05/14 07:11 am CST

Melissa Jarboe, executive director for Military Veteran Project, will be guest speaker at the 27th annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Washburn University set for 11:40 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11. The event will be at the Vietnam Memorial at the corner of 19th and Mulvane streets on the campus.

The event will begin with a cleansing and blessing of the memorial by Standing Bear Intertribal Brotherhood and conclude with a reception and exhibits in the Washburn Room lounge at the Memorial Union following the ceremony. Performances are also planned by the Marine Corps JROTC of Topeka High and the Washburn Rural High band. Community members as well as Washburn students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend.

Nov. 11 has been recognized as a day to honor veterans since 1919. The armistice -- a cease fire -- that stopped the fighting in World War I went into effect on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Nov. 11 became a federal holiday in 1938. It was celebrated as Armistice Day until 1954, when it was renamed by Congress as Veterans Day to honor all of those who have served.

For information about the commemoration at Washburn, call the Washburn Office of Student Services at 785.670.1629.

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