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Georgia Southern Veterans Day event Friday at 9 a.m.

Georgia Southern University’s Military and Student Veteran Center is hosting an inaugural Veterans Day ceremony Friday morning on Sweetheart Circle, where American flags will line the walkway and Marvin Pittman Building entrance.

The oaks will be adorned with yellow ribbons, the university’s announcement states.

The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. with music provided by the Georgia Southern Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Guests are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. for seating.

Patriotic music, remarks, and a special appearance by Freedom, the bald eagle that lives at the university, are planned for guests. The event is open to students, faculty, staff and members of the community.

“Veterans Day is a time to celebrate and honor all U.S. military members who have served our country — past and present,” said Georgia Southern student Lindsey Gile. “I believe it is important to show our support and appreciation to those who contributed to our nation's security and freedoms. I am proud and grateful to have served our country alongside so many great military members.”

Student Derek Smith, military student advocate, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Speakers include Associate Dean of Students for Military Affairs William Roberts, who is a retired lieutenant colonel, Marvin Mills, staff veteran guest speaker, and Justin Williams, student veteran guest speaker. Rick Favors, former vice president of the Student Veterans Association, will provide insight on the history of Veterans Day.

This is the first time the center has hosted a Veterans Day event. It has been in the works for several months, and the center plans on continuing this celebration.

“The Military and Veteran Student Center is very proud to host the Georgia Southern University Veterans Day Ceremony,” Roberts said. “This will be a great opportunity for us to salute and celebrate our cervice men and women who have served our nation so well.”

The Military and Veteran Student Center, located in the Russell Union, serves as a resource for military members, veterans and their family members in making a successful transition to the student community.

The university’s ceremony will occur earlier Friday than the Bulloch County Veterans Day observance in the Emma Kelly Theater downtown. That observance is at 11 a.m., after a 10:30 choral performance, and is also free and open to the public.


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