Please join Student Foundation and the Dean of Students Office for the Annual Veterans Day Commemoration on Friday, November 11, 2016. The commemoration will be held in the Quad near the Fighting Stallions statute. Seating begins at 10:30 a.m. and the program will start promptly at 10:50 a.m.
The ceremony provides an opportunity to recognize the commitment, bravery and sacrifices made by our fellow student, faculty, staff, alumni and community veterans.
Texas State Alumnus and Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Dan L. Locker will be the keynote speaker for the program, which will also feature remarks by Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth and Student Foundation leaders. The Bobcat Marching Band, under the direction of Assistant Director of Bands Matt Holzner, will perform the Armed Forces Medley, with the U.S. Army and Air Force ROTC programs jointly posting and retiring the colors. The Commemorative Air Force will conduct a flyover during the program.
A reception will be held in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom immediately following the program. Everyone is welcome.
For additional information, please contact the Student Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Dean of Students Office at 512-245-2124.
"Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiently, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Presidential Proclamation 3071, Veterans Day 1954
|10:30 a.m.||Seating begins in The Quad|
|10:50 a.m.||Commemoration begins; opening remarks|
|11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.||Reception in the LBJ Ballroom|
Please contact us if you require an accommodation to participate in any of these events. Thank you for joining Student Foundation and the Dean of Students Office in honoring our veterans.
by Mary Kincy | Official Texas State University blog
In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated. After four years of bitter war, the Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement (an armistice) with Germany at Rethondes, France on November 11, 1918, bringing World War I to a close. The "war to end all wars" was over.
November 11, 1919 was set aside as Armistice Day in the United States to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during World War I in order to ensure a lasting peace. On Armistice Day, soldiers who survived the war marched in a parade through their home towns. Politicians and veteran officers gave speeches and held ceremonies of thanks for the peace they had won.
Armistice Day officially received its name in the United States in 1926 through a Congressional resolution. It became a national holiday 12 years later. Congress voted Armistice Day a federal holiday in 1938, 20 years after the war ended. But Americans realized that the previous war would not be the last one. World War II began the following year and nations great and small again participated in a bloody struggle. After the Second World War, Armistice Day continued to be observed on November 11.
In 1953, townspeoople in Emporia, Kansas called the holiday Veterans Day in gratitude to the veterans in their town. Soon after, Congress passed a bill introduced by a Kansas congressman renaming the federal holiday to Veterans Day. Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars. In 1971 President Nixon declared it a federal holiday on the second Monday in November.
Americans still give thanks for peace on Veterans Day. There are ceremonies and speeches with most Americans observing a moment of silence, remembering those who fought for peace.