Colorado State University will honor those who have served our country during Veterans Week Nov. 7-15.
“CSU student veterans are an integral part of the CSU community, and bring a level of diversity of thought and experience that enriches everyone whether student, staff or faculty,” said Jenny Pickett, director of the Adult Learner and Veteran Services office. “The events of this week have been planned and implemented by student-veterans to honor the sacrifices of their peers and help CSU and Fort Collins better understand the roles we all play to better ourselves and our communities.”
Events include a veterans breakfast, Veteran Stand Down, on-campus participation in the National Roll Call, a display of flags to commemorate those who have given their life in military service since the First World War, the annual Veterans Day 5K and a Salute to Veterans at the CSU vs. Nevada football game on Nov. 9.
This year’s Veterans Day 5K run/walk will honor Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth “Ryan” White, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot killed in action in June 2011 in Afghanistan. A husband and father of three, White had served two tours of duty in Iraq before being deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
This year’s Veterans Day 5K begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 on CSU’s Oval. To register for the race, visit http://www.active.com/fort-collins-co/running/distance-running-races/csu-veterans-day-5k-2013. All proceeds from the 5K will benefit the CSU Veterans Scholarship to assist a student-veteran living with disabilities related to military service.
Other events include:
Veteran Stand Down
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 9, Catholic Charities, 460 Linden Center Drive, Fort Collins
This event gives back to those who have given so much. Veterans will be given a meal, cold weather clothing, outdoor sleeping materials and haircuts, as well as other resources from around the community, such as bicycle repair, health screenings and flu shots. Volunteers are greatly appreciated.
Veterans Day 5K Run/Walk
9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 9, CSU Oval
The fourth annual Veterans Day 5K will be in honor of Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth “Ryan” White. All proceeds from the race will go to a scholarship for disabled CSU student-veterans. Race registration is through active.com, and all ages and abilities are welcome. Teams of three or more are given a discount when registering. Come out to run, walk, jog or volunteer.
CSU Football Game Halftime Recognition for Veterans
1:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium
A special dedication to honor veterans and three Wounded Warriors from Northern Colorado will occur during the halftime show. Ram Town also will have an Army ROTC display. Come out and cheer for our Rams and support our troops!
Veterans Roll Call
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11, at the flag pole on the plaza
This event offers the opportunity to remember those who have died for their country. The names of more than 6,500 military personnel who died in Iraq and Afghanistan will be read aloud throughout the day. A national moment of silence will occur at noon to honor those who gave everything they could in the name of honor and courage. To volunteer to read names for 10-15 minute intervals, contact Monica Hursh at ALVS_Staff@mail.colostate.edu or at (970) 491-3977.
Flag Display on Campus
Nov. 11 – 15, East of the Lory Student Center
There will be a flag display near the Vietnam Memorial Bridge with more than 400 American flags showcased, one flag per every 1,000 soldiers killed at war.
8-noon Nov. 12, Grey Rock Room, Lory Student Center
This event closes out the week with free bagels and fruit for CSU and community veterans. It is a simple thank you for all of the hard work and sacrifices that veterans have made for our country.
For more information about the week’s events, visit www.adultstudents.colostate.edu/.