By Kjersti Andreassen, News Writer
A change in time for this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony will allow more students to attend this Monday. The ceremony will begin during chapel break, 10:30 a.m., in the Lagerquist Concert Hall.
“This is a time period when any of the students or faculty who want can come,” Kathy Engle, senior administrative assistant, said. She said in years past, Pacific Lutheran University held a longer event in the afternoon, but many of the students had class and couldn’t come.
During the ceremony itself, ROTC Lt. Col. Kevin Keller, who has been with PLU since July, will be speaking. The performers of PLU’s brass quintet will play the military medley, and as they play the different parts, audience members who have served in that particular branch of the military will rise, Engle said.
“We want to recognize the students and faculty at our school that have military benefits or are in the ROTC program,” Engle said. She said the school also has students and faculty that have served in the military and wants to honor them.
This year, they are also adding a new piece at the end where internationals who have served in their own country’s military will be recognized, Engle said.
PLU’s Administrative Staff Council, Campus Ministry, Diversity Center and Student Involvement and Leadership and AmeriCorps and VetCorps are sponsoring this year’s ceremony.
Right after the ceremony, Engle said, there will be refreshments — coffee, tea and cookies. There will also be a memorial table. “We encourage people to stay and celebrate,” she said.
There are also other events taking place this month, in celebration of Veteran’s Day. This Saturday, there will be a VetConnect Resource Fair in the Scandinavian Cultural Center and AUC 133, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.