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November 5, 2012

Purdue Student Union Board to salute veterans

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University will honor veterans in a tribute at 11 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 9).

The Purdue Student Union Board will present its Veterans Day Tribute in the Union Great Hall. The tribute will include "Presentation of the Colors" by the Tri-service Color Guard, the "Pledge of Allegiance," the national anthem and songs by the Purduettes, three speeches by local veterans, a table of remembrance, a moment of silence, and three memorial volleys to end the event.

Two chances to honor veterans and soldiers will be available in the Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118. These displays will include "Letters to Veterans," an opportunity for community members and students to write a letter of appreciation or thanks to a local veteran, and "Our Heroes Tree," where community members and students can commemorate a family member or friend who has served or is serving by creating a small ornament. Refreshments will also be provided.

Events will be free and open to the public.

Speakers from Purdue and the local community include:

* Justin Butler - U.S. Marine Corps Infantry - student veteran; student in the College of Pharmacy

* Dennis Depew - U.S. Marine Corps veteran

* Maria James - Father killed in action in the recent Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts; student in the College of Liberal Arts

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu

Sources: Whitney Porter, graduate adviser for Purdue Student Union Board, 765-494-8981, psubgs2@purdue.edu

Marjorie Jones, program manager at Purdue Memorial Union, 765-494-8907, mctucker@purdue.edu