11/07/2011 11:27 AM
BATON ROUGE – Following the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, LSU joined a nationwide grassroots effort to honor American servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade.
On Veterans Day, campus and community volunteers at more than 100 college and universities across the nation will read the names of the more than 6,200 casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, now called Operation New Dawn.
Each campus participating in Remembrance Day National Roll Call will organize its own reading of names and at 11 a.m. will observe a minute of silence. Currently more than 178 schools in 50 states plus the District of Columbia have agreed to participate in the event.
LSU's Campus Life; First Year Experience, or FYE; and residents from the East Campus Apartments will take part in the Remembrance Day National Roll Call at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, or 11.11.11, in the Memorial Oak Grove. LSU has chosen to read the names of the 1,200 fallen heroes from the states that currently represent the Southeastern Conference – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.
"We wanted to rally campus communities across the nation to send a powerful message to the troops currently serving that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen," said retired Lt. Col. Brett Morris, the National Roll Call coordinator.
The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is sponsored nationally by the Veterans Knowledge Community of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, or NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPA is a 12,000-member association for the advancement, health and sustainability of student affairs professionals. The Veterans Knowledge Community, or VKC, mission is to advocate for best practices to help student veterans transition to college and succeed. As the National Roll Call sponsor, the goal of VKC is to have at least one institution in each of the 50 states participate in the event.
"The reading of individual names is very poignant because it emphasizes the significance of each and every life lost," said Morris, who, in addition to being a retired Army officer, is the associate director for veterans affairs at Eastern Kentucky University. "Like the names inscribed at the new 9-11 Memorial in New York, each of the fallen soldiers deserves to be remembered for their sacrifice. There is no effort to raise money or promote individual programs. The event is simply to honor those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf."
The National Roll Call is grateful to iCasualties.org for the steadfast recording of the fallen over the past 10 years, from which the names of the fallen have been derived.
For information about the LSU Roll Call events, contact Maggi Spurlock at 225-578-5181 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the National Roll Call effort, contact Brett Morris at email@example.com or visit va.eku.edu/rollcall to see a list of participating schools.
Posted on Monday, November 7, 2011