FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 5, 2010
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Gina Logue, 615-898-5081
VIETNAM-ERA VETS FOCUS OF OBSERVANCE AT MTSU MEMORIAL
Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Also to be Honored with Flag-Raising
(MURFREESBORO) – The MTSU Veterans Memorial Committee will plant a tree to honor all Vietnam-era veterans in a ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, near the memorial in front of the Tom H. Jackson Building on campus.
In addition, a flag paying tribute to prisoners of war and personnel listed as missing in action will be added to the new flagpole. Rolling Thunder will conduct the POW/MIA flag installation ceremony.
The memorial is a bipartite black granite wall engraved with the names of members of the MTSU community who have perished in the service of the nation. It is a living memorial constructed in the form of a plaza that can be used for classroom instruction, formal ceremonies or private contemplation.
Brick pavers, many featuring the names of family members and other loved ones who have served their country, are arrayed in rows between the wall and the Jackson Building. Proceeds from the ongoing sale of the pavers go into the memorial fund.
The ceremony at the memorial is part of the Salute to Armed Services/Veterans Day activities prior to the 2:30 p.m. Sun Belt Conference football game between the Blue Raiders and North Texas. Halftime festivities also will pay tribute to current and retired military personnel.
For more information about the Veterans Memorial ceremony or how to purchase personalized brick pavers, contact Robyn Kilpatrick at 615-390-5675 or email@example.com. To learn more about the complete Salute to Armed Services/Veterans Day agenda, contact Maj. Chuck Giles at 615-898-2470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1911, Middle Tennessee State University is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution located in Murfreesboro and is the state’s largest public undergraduate institution. MTSU now boasts one of the nation’s first master’s degree programs in horse science, and the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C., acclaims MTSU’s Master of Science in Professional Science degree—the only one in Tennessee—as a model program. This fall, MTSU unveiled three new doctoral degrees in the sciences.