October 18, 2011

Roll Call Honors Nation’s Fallen Service Members

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Following the 10th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, Indiana Tech has joined a nationwide grass-roots effort to honor American service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade.

On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, campus and community volunteers across the nation will read the names of the 6,200-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), now called Operation New Dawn.

Indiana Tech and other campuses participating in Remembrance Day National Roll Call will each organize their own reading of names and will observe a simultaneous nationwide minute of silence at 2 p.m. EST.  Currently 160 schools in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia have agreed to participate.

Indiana Tech is the only university in northeast Indiana participating. The names will be read in chronological order in the Wegener Worship Center in Andorfer Commons beginning at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 11. The event is expected to continue until 3 p.m. For information on participating in the reading, contact Nicole Scott at ANScott@IndianaTech.edu.

The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is sponsored nationally by the Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPA is a 12,000-member association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs professionals. The mission of the Veterans Knowledge Community (VKC) is to advocate for best practices to help student veterans transition to college and succeed.

Lt. Col. (Ret) Brett Morris, the National Roll Call coordinator, said, “We wanted to rally campus communities across the nation to send a powerful message to the troops currently serving that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen.”

“The reading of individual names is very poignant because it emphasizes the significance of each and every life lost,” said Morris, a retired Army officer and the associate director for veterans affairs at Eastern Kentucky University.

For a complete list of participate schools, visit va.eku.edu/rollcall.


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