CSU–Pueblo celebrates Veterans Day with wreath ceremony


Colorado State University-Pueblo will honor veterans and celebrate their service to this country at a 11 a.m. ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Southeast Asian (Vietnam) Memorial, north of the University Library.

Since 1919, Americans have observed Nov. 11 as a day to honor the sacrifices of those who have fought for our freedom. The public is invited to continue to honor those who have served in our armed forces.

Following presentation of the colors by Richard Romani and other members of the University’s Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program, ROTC student Jake Deacon and others who have served in the armed forces will give reflections on the day as will Dr. Mark Gose, chair of the department of history and retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force. Music student Gerard Flores will perform Taps.

After the speeches, a commemorative wreath will be placed at the base of the Southeast Asian Memorial flagpole just north of the University Library by Gose and Conrad Waggener, program director of the University’s Veterans Upward Bound program. Waggener is a retired US Air Force Colonel who flew in Vietnam and Desert Storm.

VUB is a Department of Education TRiO funded college preparatory program that provides academic refresher training and advising to qualifying veterans who are preparing to enter post-secondary education. The program focuses on first generation and low-income veterans and provides classes, books and classroom materials at no charge to participants.

The event is a collaborative effort of the Political Science Club, members of the CSU-Pueblo ROTC program, veterans Upward Bound, and the Office of Student Activities.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.