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Veterans remembered, thanked at Denton Square

Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 22, 2010

The university will commemorate Veterans Day with a career fair for student veterans, 5K charity run and campus wide drive to collect snacks and personal items for active duty military members. The university is also co-host of a city ceremony on the Denton County Courthouse Square. Above, 2010 Veterans Day ceremonies on campus.

Veterans Day was established in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson to commemorate the official end of World War I, the “war to end all wars,” as it was named. Unfortunately, it was not, and after World War II and the Korean War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved the day as one to honor United States veterans of all wars.

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Nov. 11Veterans Day - Commemorative ceremonies will be hosted by UNT, Texas Woman's University and the city of Denton, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  at the Denton County Courthouse on the Square. The program will begin at 11 a.m.

Mary Saunders, retired major general, USArmy,; TWU Leadership InstitutePresident V. Lane Rawlins will deliver remarks, and Maj. Gen. Mary L. Saunders, right, director of the Leadership Institute at Texas Woman’s University, will speak. Saunders was the first female general officer selected as the director of transportation in the U.S. Air Force. Saunders was born in Nacogdoches, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University and a master’s degree from Rider University. Prior to Air Force retirement, Saunders was vice director at the Defense Logistics Agency in Fort Belvoir, Va.

Nov. 11Care Packages - The Veterans Center will be collecting donated goods through Nov. 11 to send to active-duty military. The pilot campaign, called Operation Soaring Eagle, will further advance UNT’s veteran-friendly mission by fostering international relationships with active military. Donations may be dropped off at the UNT Veterans Center in University Union, Room 320. Suggested items include Chapstick, beef jerky, phone cards and packaged snacks. The care packages will be shipped during the holidays.

Nov. 12 - Trot for the Troops - UNT and the Arnold Air Society will host the 2nd Annual DFW Trot for the Troops 5K Run at 9 a.m. at Fouts Field. Proceeds will benefit Fisher House, a charity which provides lodging for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. The Arnold Air Society is a student organization associated with Air Force ROTC that is dedicated to producing quality leaders for the U.S. Air Force through professionalism, honor and service to the community. Below, Air Force ROTC members participated in the Division of Student Affairs flagpole dedication ceremony in August.

UNT was named a 2011 Military Friendly School by G.I.Jobs magazine, and Best for Vets by Military Times EDGE magazine, and has an active Student Veteran’s Association and Veterans Center.

Flagpole dedication, ROTC Cadets, 2011

(Photos by Jonathan Reynolds and Michael Clements)

Posted on: Tue 08 November 2011

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