November 3, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 3, 2015 — Drury University and the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America will hold a public Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Armed Forces Plaza outside of the O’Reilly Family Event Center. The event will be held inside the OFEC in case of inclement weather.
The featured speaker will be James S. Whitfield. Mr. Whitfield is a native Missourian, World War II Navy veteran and active member of the American Legion. The ceremony will include a presentation of the colors by the Willard High School ROTC Color Guard and patriotic music performed by Drury student Asher Tillman.
Drury’s Facilities Services Department will present the Student Veterans of America chapter with new plaques for the Armed Forces Plaza. The plaques will depict each of the U.S. Armed Forces insignias. Facilities Services’ staff members who are also U.S. Armed Forces veterans will present the plaques.
Drury’s tradition of serving those who have served our country dates back to the days following World War II, when buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. Today, one of Drury’s 10 branch locations is at Fort Leonard Wood.
The commitment continues today. Drury is a “Military Friendly School” according to Victory Media and was ranked No. 3 in the Midwest on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges for Veterans” list this year. Drury is also a supporter school of the Order of the Purple Heart. Drury supports federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty service members apply for, pay for and complete their degrees and has designated staff to help coordinate these services.