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Published October 30, 2018
Volunteers are needed to read the names of military members who died serving their country during a Veterans Day event Friday, Nov. 9, at the University of Wyoming.
The UW Marna M. Kuehne Foundation Veterans Services Center (VSC) will host its annual national roll call program on Simpson Plaza, joining campuses from across the country in similar events on Veterans Day beginning at 8:15 a.m.
“Each year, since 2011, the National Roll Call event unites student veterans on college campuses across the country in recognizing and remembering the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country,” says Marty Martinez, the senior project coordinator for the VSC and UW Veterans Program. “The National Roll Call project seeks to expand this grassroots effort to make Veterans Day on every campus a special time of appreciation and reflection.”
VSC is seeking volunteers to read nearly 7,000 names. Volunteers are needed to each read about 100 names, with each time block expected to last about 10 minutes. A specific time block may be requested, and anyone is welcome to read during multiple time blocks. Martinez says the event is open to campus and community volunteers.
“Please keep in mind that the reading will be in chronological order, from 2001 to the present; so, if there is a specific date or name that you wish to read, please specify,” Martinez adds. “Also, include a first and second choice time block on the volunteer application list.”
To volunteer, email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org: full name; military affiliation (if applicable); phone number; and preferred slots to read. If there is no time preference, one will be assigned.
VSC will work to honor requested times, but times will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Snacks, lunch and drinks will be provided for all volunteers and participants.
The event begins with the presentation of the colors, the national anthem and a short speech. A moment of silence, to coincide with other roll call events nationwide, will be observed at noon. The UW event will end at about 7:30 p.m. At the conclusion, taps will be played along with the retiring of the colors.
For more information about the event, call the VSC at (307) 766-6908 or email Martinez at email@example.com.