Alumni Plaza Monday, November 12
The Emory & Henry College community will pause with the nation on Monday, Nov. 12 at noon in front of the Alumni Plaza to honor the nearly 3 million military veterans who have served their country.
Featured speakers will include Dr. Julia Vanover, a captain with the United States Air Force, and Lewis H. “Bucky” Burruss, a retired colonel with the United States Army.
Vanover is a licensed clinical social worker with the United States Air Force (USAF). She provides treatment to military members and their families for mental illness, grief, relationship problems, parenting, alcohol and drug concerns, and legal and career issues. She advises commanders on the health and well-being of their troops and provides preventative programs to the military community. Vanover served Emory & Henry College for two years as a therapist in the Powell Resource Center.
Burruss (E&H Class of 1965) was commissioned by the Army in 1966, volunteered for the Special Forces and served with that group until late 1970. He earned the rank of captain while serving two combat tours in Vietnam with the Special Forces' country-wide reaction force, the Mobile Strike Force. During this time he was awarded the Silver Star, four Bronze Stars, the Air Medal, and three Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry.
The ceremony will include patriotic music performed by the Emory & Henry Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Robert Matthews. E&H student Aaron Gillespie will close out the event with the playing of “Taps.”
Members of the E&H community may pick up yellow remembrance ribbon in the cafeteria during lunch hours in the Van Dyke Cafeteria Nov. 7-9. Individuals also will have the opportunity to post a message to veterans and their families on a signing board that will be displayed in front of the Alumni Plaza on Veterans Day.
In 2009, Emory & Henry College was named one of the top “military friendly” schools in the nation by G.I. Jobs.
The event is sponsored by the Powell Resource Center Counseling Services, the E&H Student Government Association, and Higher Ground.
The rain location for the event is the Memorial Chapel.