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The Missouri State Veterans Recognition Committee paid tribute this Veterans Day to all current and former Missouri State University students, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Mike Smith has this report.
A Veterans Recognition Breakfast was held at 8:30 a.m. in Plaster Student Union Ballroom. Tickets were free to veterans and their guests.
Raising of the Colors and Dedication of the Missouri State Veterans Memorial took place at 10:30 a.m. at the north entrance of Plaster Stadium. Participating in the event will be campus and government officials, including Senator Jim Talent, who will provide a short address, color guard, flag escort and campus-wide taps in remembrance of the fallen.
A Moment of Silence in recognition of veteran's service was be observed at 11 a.m.
A Re-creation of a USO show was held at 11:15 a.m. in Plaster Student Union food court. The show featured Missouri State alumni, current students and faculty members as performers. The show was free and open to the public.
A Brown Bag Luncheon and Discussion Panel was held at 12:30 p.m. in Plaster Student Union Traywick Parliamentary Room. The panel was comprised of area women veterans who discussed women's service and took questions from audience participants. Paula Wilhelm, Missouri State employee veteran, served as moderator. Panelists for the discussion included community veterans Tina Barton, Mary Powell, Billie Stewart, Angela Williams; Shauna MacDonald, Missouri State employee veteran; and Michelle Dillow, Missouri State student. Dillow is a Senior Latin Major at Mo. State, and currently serving in Iraq.