10/24/2012 08:31 AM
BATON ROUGE – As the nation prepares to celebrate Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, LSU will honor its proud military heritage on Saturday, Nov. 10, with LSU Salutes, an annual celebration of the contributions of U.S. veterans sponsored by LSU and the Cadets of the Ole War Skule, at 9 a.m. at the LSU War Memorial on the Parade Ground. The event is free and open to the public.
LSU Salutes, sponsored by the university and the Cadets of the Ole War Skule, is an annual celebration of the contributions of U.S. veterans, in particular those who attended LSU and served in ROTC.
Twelve distinguished alumni will be inducted into the military Hall of Honor as part of the LSU Salutes celebration. The inductees, all of whom must have attended LSU and served in the military, are selected based on their involvement with the university, as well as with the military and community.
The 2012 inductees include retired Air Force Col. Kirby E. Allen of San Antonio, Texas; retired Air Force Col. Donald C. Bulloch of Knoxville, Tenn.; Edward C. Capron Jr., U.S. Army, of Baton Rouge; U.S. Navy Capt. Franklin J. Foil of Baton Rouge; retired Lt. Col. Stephen Holsten Harmon Jr. of North Chatham, Mass.; the late Judge Leon J. LeSueur, U.S. Army, of Baton Rouge; John Dan McNeil, U.S. Army, of Laurel, Miss.; William M. Meyers, U.S. Marine Corps, of Covington; retired U.S. Army Col. John Foley Pugh Jr., of Baton Rouge; retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Alsop Redding of Shreveport; Stanley Shaw, U.S. Air Force, of Baton Rouge; and Robert McGehee “Mac” Wallace, U.S. Air Force, of Houston.
In addition to the ceremony at the LSU War Memorial, this year's Hall of Honor inductees will also be recognized during pregame activities for LSU's Homecoming football game against Mississippi State at Tiger Stadium. The Golden Band from Tigerland will also perform a patriotic halftime show to conclude the LSU Salutes activities.
LSU's military history began more than 150 years ago with the opening of the university under Superintendent and Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1860. Then called the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy and nicknamed the "Ole War Skule," the university, located in Pineville, endured two closings during the Civil War before being burned in 1869. After relocating from Pineville to Baton Rouge and taking on the name Louisiana State University, the institution continued to build on its military tradition while still retaining the "Ole War Skule" nickname.
Established as a land-grant institution in 1874 as part of the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862, which required all male students to receive basic military training, LSU required participation in the ROTC by all male students until 1969 when the Board of Supervisors made participation voluntary.
The university's military tradition was never more evident than during World War II. LSU boasted more officers on active duty than any other institution in the nation other than the military academies.
LSU and the Cadets of the Ole War Skule co-host annual events throughout the year including the Chancellor's Day Parade, the LSU Memorial Day Ceremony and LSU Salutes. These ceremonies help to preserve and honor the ideals and experiences from previous generations so that they can be passed along to future generations and offer a visible remembrance of the soldiers who have proudly served in America’s armed forces and given their lives to preserve our freedom.
Additional information about membership in the Cadets of the Ole War Skule or LSU Salutes is available at www.olewarskule.lsu.edu, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Cadets of the Ole War Skule at 225-578-0420 or toll-free at 1-866-SALUTES.
Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012