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Veterans Day Events Sponsored by Crookston VFW, American Legion and Veterans’ Support Club at U of M, Crookston on Tues., Nov. 11, 2008
November 3, 2008

Contact: Vicki Svedarsky, assistant counselor, 218-281-8583 (sved0009@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Crookston, Minn. (October 30, 2008) – In honor of those who served, the Crookston VFW, American Legion, and the Veterans’ Support Club at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will host a series of events to commemorate Veterans Day on Tuesday, November 11, 2008.

The call to colors will begin at 7:55 a.m. around the flag pole on the Crookston Campus Mall. A formal ceremony led by the color guard from the Grand Forks ROTC will include raising the flag and placing a wreath on the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, followed by a gathering for refreshments in room 116 of Kiehle Building. Some U of M, Crookston student veterans will be identifiable by formal uniform.  An information table will be available offering materials that address issues pertaining to veterans and veteran families

At 9 a.m. a special program will be held in Kiehle Auditorium. The program will feature a welcome by Les Swenson, president of the Crookston campus Veterans’ Support Club, followed by a ceremony that includes the official folding of the American Flag and a look at the history of Veterans Day. Guest speaker Alvin Killough, Ph.D., who teaches in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the U of M, Crookston, and who is a Vietnam veteran himself, will speak on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  At the end of the program all veterans will be recognized along with their families.

At 11 a.m. the Crookston Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Veterans Council, and Disabled American Veterans will present a ceremony and program at the Veterans Memorial along Highway 2, located on the eastern edge of the city. A free lunch for veterans will follow at the Crookston VFW from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The American Legion will host a free dinner for veterans from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Vicki Svedarsky, counselor at the U of M, Crookston; Meloni Rasmussen, wife of a veteran and office and administrative specialist; Mike Vivion, veteran and chief pilot for the Natural Resources Aviation Program; Thomas Williams, director of diversity; and John Zak, veteran and editor in University Relations, have been involved in helping the Veterans Support Club plan the tribute and encourage community members to take part in the activities. “This day is a time to remember the sacrifices of so many,” said Svedarsky. “We have an opportunity to support our military and thank them for their service to our country. I would encourage everyone to gather with us to support and remember.”

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.