NU participating in a nationwide roll call for Veterans Day
More than 6,200 Americans have died fighting in the Middle East since the 9/11 attacks.
In honor of these fallen soldiers, a reading of all of their names will take place this Veterans Day, 11-11-11, around the country and at NU.
This is nationwide; all 50 states are involved. Over 150 different colleges and universities will be taking part in it said NU Veterans Services Coordinator Rob Healy.
The names will be read alphabetically over speakers in front of Gally between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. with a pause at 1:45 p.m. to have a speaker, a singing of ˜Amazing Grace' and then, at 2 p.m., we're going to have a minute of silence Healy said.
The minute of silence will be held at the same time across the nation. The time was chosen because it will be 11 a.m. PST, which was the time of the signing of the armistice of World War I.
In addition to the roll call, the Student Veterans Organization will have a visual memorial in the multi-purpose room in Gallagher.
The names of the veterans who have died are going to be on the walls, we'll have newspaper articles and pictures of the veterans, Healy said.
The Student Veterans Organization is still looking for volunteers to each read 205 names in a 15-minute span.
If people have friends or family members who have died in these events, they can contact me and find out when their name is being read and I can tell them, pretty much down to the second, when that name is going to be, so they can make arrangements to be present, Healy said.
He added that everyone at NU or in the surrounding communities are welcome to volunteer and, if anyone would like to read a specific name, that also can be arranged.
Healy's office is in Lower Level Gallagher, Room 113 C. His email address is email@example.com.
There are more than 60 students at Niagara that are either veterans or children of veterans and Healy said that, Some of the names that they are going to be reading were friends or co-workers of our students who were in combat, so it's pretty meaningful to them.
The SVO also will have a table in the front of Gallagher the week of Nov. 7-11 helping to draw awareness to the student veterans and the issues that student veterans have, Healy said.
On the Saturday after Veteran's Day, Nov. 12, the SVO is working with the Stella B. Foundation on Pastamania 2011 to raise awareness and funding for cancer research. Pastamania 2011 is a pasta dinner held from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dave's Last Chance Saloon, 4900 Saunders Settlement Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and under. For tickets, call 716-238-1639 or go to stellabfoundation.org.