Happenings: Veterans Day Commemoration

Texas State prepares
to pause, honor veterans

By Mary Kincy

A poster promoting Texas State's Veterans Day Commemoration.Texas State is once again responding to a call to action issued by a 20th-century American president — but the words are not those of the university’s lauded alumnus President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Rather, Bobcats are answering the entreaty of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who on Veterans Day 1954 proclaimed that Americans should “solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom” and should fall “to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”

In keeping with Eisenhower’s vision of an America united to honor its servicemen and -women, Texas State will host a Veterans Day Commemoration from 10:45-11:05 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the Quad.

Texas State alumnus Brig. Gen. F. Randall Starbuck — who also spoke during Veterans Day events in 2009 — will offer the keynote address, along with remarks by Texas State President Denise M. Trauth. The Bobcat Band will play the “Armed Forces Medley” and the combined Army and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) groups will post and retire the colors. The Commemorative Air Force will conduct a flyover at the end of the program.

Veterans and program attendees are invited to a reception in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom following the free event, which is open to the San Marcos community and beyond.

Amber Kahla, a Texas State senior majoring in mass communication, is chair of the group organizing the annual activities, co-sponsored by the Dean of Students Office and Student Foundation.

She cites a “special connection” to veterans concerns in explaining why she chose to become involved with the event.

“My grandfather fought in the Korean War and has always taught me to remember and honor all veterans,” she says. “As a child, I remember my grandfather went to the cemeteries in his hometown of Galveston and marked graves of soldiers with tiny American flags. That has stayed with me until now, and I can carry on that tradition of honor.”

Kahla says the event is in keeping with Texas State’s role in the city, state, region, nation and world as a school of “community and inclusion.”

Earlier this year, GI Jobs magazine named Texas State a “Military-Friendly School” for the third consecutive year. The annual list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools working to embrace the nation’s service members and veterans as students. Additionally, Texas State was ranked 13th in the nation among the best four-year colleges and universities for veterans in Military Times EDGE magazine.

Texas State has a current enrollment of 1,064 veterans; 1,169 students are dependents of veterans.

Click here to see photos from past Veterans Day commemorations at Texas State.  

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