Veterans Day

Drury & Student Veterans of America to hold Veterans Day ceremony

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., November 7, 2016 — Drury University and the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America will hold a public Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11 at the Plaster Gallery in the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

The event will feature guest speaker Clayton Jones, an Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War and is a member of the Order of the Purple Heart. Also present as a special guest will be 96-year-old World War II veteran Jim Maudlin. University Chaplain Dr. Peter Browning will offer the invocation and Lorelei Valkenburg, treasurer of the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Drury choral music students will sing the national anthem and Dr. Tijuana Julian will play “Taps.”

Refreshments will be provided after the ceremony. Visitor parking is available in Lot 7 on Summit Avenue, just north of Harrison Stadium. For more information, call, (417) 873-6908.

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. The commitment continues today. Drury has been named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media for five straight years. The university is also a supporter school of the Order of the Purple Heart and is a Yellow Ribbon School. 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.

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Drury photography students offer free family portraits to veterans

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 9, 2015 — Commercial photography students at Drury University are doing their part to thank those who have served our country by offering free portraits to military veterans and their families. The project, now in its fifth year, is led by Rebecca Miller, associate professor of Art & Art History and coordinator of the photography program at Drury.

The service is open to the first 50 families who reserve a time slot. Slots remain open at the following times and dates:

  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12
  • 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14

To make an appointment, contact Rebecca Miller at (417) 873-6337 or rmiller01@drury.edu.

“We are so thankful for the service and sacrifices our veterans and their family members have given in support of our country and its citizens,” Miller says. “We are humbled to offer these photographs of celebration and thanks, which also provide our students with an engaged and personalized classroom experience.”

Media outlets interested in covering this project may also contact Miller to discuss the best times and dates to do so.

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Media Contact: Rebecca Miller, Photography Program Coordinator. Office: (417) 873-6337; email: rmiller01@drury.edu.

Drury and Student Veterans of America to hold Veterans Day Ceremony

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.

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Drury & Student Veterans of America to hold Veterans Day ceremony

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 6, 2014 — Drury University and the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America will hold a public Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m., Tuesday, 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 Bryce Lockwood, Senior Vice Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Lockwood is a retired U.S. Marine and survivor of the attack on the USS Liberty during the Six Day War of 1967. The ceremony will include a presentation of the colors by the Ozark High School ROTC Color Guard and patriotic music performed by the Bear Brass 135th Army Band and the Drury Chamber Choir.

Lockwood will present a proclamation designating Drury University an official supporter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. This symbolic designation embodies Drury’s long tradition of serving those who have served our country. In the days after World War II, buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. Today, one of Drury’s 11 branch locations is at Fort Leonard Wood.

The commitment continues today. Earlier this fall, Drury was named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media and was ranked No. 3 in the Midwest on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges for Veterans” list. These independent rankings affirm Drury’s commitment to supporting higher education opportunities for active duty and veteran service members. Drury supports federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty service members apply for, pay for and complete their degrees and has designated staff in Springfield and at branch locations to help coordinate these services.

Media contact: Kristy Nelson, Director of Marketing – College of Continuing Professional Studies at (417) 873-7317 or knelson008@drury.edu.

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Drury to commemorate Veteran’s Day Celebration

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 7, 2013 — On Monday, Nov. 11, Drury University will honor veterans with a celebration on campus at 11 a.m. at the Armed Forces Plaza outside of the O’Reilly Family Event Center.  This event is free and open to the public.

The celebration is organized by the newly founded student organization, Drury Student Veterans of America (SVA).  Dr. Peter Browning, Dr. David Manuel, TSgt Brad Ray, and OSI Randy Snodgrass will speak at the event.  The ceremony will also include a flag presentation by the Ozark High School junior ROTC, and music by both the Drury Chamber Choir and the 135th Army Band.

Dr. Allin Sorenson, director of the Drury Chamber Choir, has been involved with the celebrationalmost every year that it has been observed at the university.  Sorenson said, “It reminds people of the importance of the day and how we feel about America.  It’s usually a very moving event with several current military members and veterans present…It always makes me proud that, in some small way, we can honor who they are and what they stand for.”

Tammy Nilsen, co-advisor of the Drury SVA group, said, “It can be easy to forget that so many people have family or friends in the military, so this celebration is a great time to celebrate those who’ve fought or are still fighting for the freedoms we enjoy.”

For more information about this event, contact Tammy Nilsen at (417) 873-7215 or email tnilsen@drury.edu.

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Drury to honor veterans with a performance by the 135th Army Band

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2012 — On Friday, Nov. 9, Drury University will honor veterans with a celebration and performance by the 135th Army Band at 11 a.m. on the Armed Forces Plaza outside of the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Originally organized in 1921 as Battery F 203rd Coastal Artillery and federally recognized in 1947 as the 35th Division Band, the 135th Army Band is made up of 38 soldiers and is stationed in Springfield, Mo.

“Drury has students, faculty, staff and alumni who have served in the military, and this annual Veterans Day event is a way to honor them along with their colleagues who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the Coast Guard,” said Tammy Rogers, the coordinator of Drury’s Veterans Day event. “We are forever proud and grateful to our men and women in uniform.”

Media Contact: Tammy Rogers, Administrative and Special Projects Coordinator, Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Office: (417) 873-6357, Email: tammy@drury.edu

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Drury University to commemorate Veterans Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 7, 2011 — On Friday, Nov. 11, Drury University will honor veterans with a celebration on campus at 11 a.m. at the Armed Forces Plaza outside of the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

The celebration includes a flag presentation by the Ozark High School Color Guard, music performed by the Drury Chamber Choir, and a national anthem performance by Drury students Maggie Boeckmann, Audra Dierksen and Jessie Tasetano. Drury Art Professor Tom Parker, who served in the Air Force on active duty and reserves from 1955-1964, and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain, will deliver a speech titled “Tangible Honor for Veterans NOW.”

If they have not done so before, veterans who attended Drury are encouraged to send information regarding their time served, branch of the armed forces in which they served, when they attended Drury and their thoughts to sac@drury.edu.

Contact:
Tammy Rogers
Administrative & Special Projects Coordinator,
Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship
Office: (417) 873-6357
E-mail: tammy@drury.edu

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