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VSU joins Remembrance Day National Roll Call project

11/6/2013, 11:15 a.m.
On Veteran’s Day, volunteers at 85 colleges and universities in 33 states across the nation will read the names of the fallen.

Virginia State University has joined the Remembrance Day National Roll Call project to honor American service men and women.

VSU’s event will take place Monday, Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day) at 1:45 p.m. on the front steps of Foster Hall. VSU is the only Virginia HBCU participating in this effort.

On Veteran’s Day, campus and community volunteers at 85 colleges and universities in 33 states across the nation will read the names of the fallen. Each campus has organized its own ceremony to recognize those who have served, are serving, and those who died in service to the nation. All participating campuses will observe a simultaneous nationwide minute of silence at 2 p.m. EST.

“We want to rally campus communities across the nation to send a message to the troops currently serving - that we, as a national body of students, have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of their fallen brethren,” said Dr. Brett Morris, a retired Army officer and the National Roll Call coordinator.

Virginia State’s Remembrance Day is sponsored by VSU’s Counseling Services, Military Affairs, Student Health Services, Student Activities, Trojan Warrior Battalion and The Upward Bound Program and Educational Opportunity Centers.

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 Veterans Knowledge Community (VKC) mission is to advocate for best practices to help student veterans’ transition to college and succeed. The National Roll Call began in 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of the post 9-11 conflicts.