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WTAMU kicks off Veterans Day weekend with Veterans Memorial Dedication

West Texas A&M University kicked off two days of special military events with a Veterans Memorial Dedication Friday morning to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. (ABC 7 Amarillo-Steve Douglass)

West Texas A&M University kicked off two days of special military events with a Veterans Memorial Dedication Friday morning to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

University officials and representatives of the armed forces, as well as Gold Star families, community members and dignitaries from state and local governments gathered at 10 a.m. on Old Main's southeast lawn to dedicate the WTAMU Veterans Memorial. An honor flight with vintage aircraft participated in the dedication activities and members of the 77th Army Marching Band performed.

The Veterans Memorial features five benches dedicated to the five military branches, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, with flag poles and granite tables engraved with the names of the University's fallen veterans.

The University has a rich tradition of supporting the men and women in each branch of the military. Many from the WTAMU community have died while serving their country and the memorial will honor their sacrifice. The names of WTAMU's fallen veterans engraved on the tablets include seven from World War I, 54 from World War II, three from Korea, 23 from Vietnam and one during the Iraq War.

WTAMU's military activities will continue on Saturday with the University's sixth annual Military Veterans Ball in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall. The ball, a community celebration of service and scholarship, begins with a 5 p.m. cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

The evening will include the traditional presentation of colors, roll call, live and silent auctions and dancing to the music of Insufficient Funds. Also, Dr. Bruce Brasington, professor of history, will be the featured guest speaker presenting "Not Fade Away: The Meaning of the Great War in Three Pictures" in honor of the Armistice Day Centennial.

Tickets can be purchased at wtamu.ed/veteransball, at the information desk in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center or by calling (806) 651-2070.

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