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
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.