Release Date: Nov. 9, 2009
ASU Veteran’s Day Flag Retreat and Candlelight Vigil
Angelo State University’s Air Force ROTC detachment will recognize Veteran’s Day and honor the nation’s military veterans with a flag retreat ceremony and candlelight vigil Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the ASU flagpole and Memorial Oak Grove.
Activities will begin at 5 p.m. Friday with the flag retreat ceremony at the flagpole, then move to the Memorial Oak Grove for the candlelight vigil. The opening remarks for the vigil will be made by Linda Knightstep, a veteran of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in Vietnam and whose father served in WWII. Following her remarks, ROTC cadets will begin reading biographies of ASU alumni veterans. At the conclusion of the first reading by Cadet Wing Commander Brett Schmerber, attendees are invited to the Mayer Administration Building for a reception provided by the ASU West Texas Collection and the Friends of the (ASU) Porter Henderson Library.
The candlelight vigil will run until midnight and will include a changing of the guard every 30 minutes along with the readings about ASU veterans. At the end of each reading, a single flower will be placed on the marker in the Memorial Oak Grove. The plaque on the marker will also be re-dedicated to include Lt. Jay A. Ryan, who perished in WWII, but was not included on the original plaque. The guards will be performing the same ritual as those guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The evening’s activities are open free to the public and are being sponsored by the Robert G. Carr Squadron of the Arnold Air Society and ASU’s AFROTC Detachment 847. The ASU flagpole and Memorial Oak Grove are located in front of the Mayer Administration Building, 2601 W. Ave N.
For more information, contact the ASU AFROTC Office at 942-2036.