Crookston, Minn. - The University of Minnesota, Crookston invites the campus and community to honor veterans on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, beginning at 8 a.m. with a flag ceremony on the Campus Mall. A wreath will also be placed at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial at the campus entrance. An honor guard from the U.S. Air Force ROTC Det. 610 from the University of North Dakota will also participate in the morning ceremonies. Refreshments will follow.
At 4 p.m., the U of M, Crookston Veteran's Club will host Stewart Bass, a naval aviator in World War II, in Kiehle Auditorium. Bass fought in the Pacific and was awarded the Navy Cross, the second highest combat decoration our nation awards, for valor in action while flying a TBM Avenger torpedo bomber. He will discuss the carrier war, operations in the Pacific, and what it was like to fly the TBM. Everyone is welcome.
After the war, Bass returned to his home near Missoula, Mont., and attended the University of Montana. He worked for American Crystal Sugar Company for many years, and from 1974 until his retirement in 1986, he was vice president for the company.
Scheduled speaker Stewart Bass has had to cancel his planned appearance at 4 p.m.
All Veteran's Day events on the campus are sponsored by the U of M, Crookston Veteran's Club with assistance from the Student Affairs office.
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. In 1938, November 11 in each year was set aside as a legal holiday--a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day primarily recognized in honor of veterans of World War I, but in 1954, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." For more information, visit http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp.
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