COLUMBIA — Veterans Day will be celebrated Thursday. Following is a list of events leading up to and planned for Veterans Day in Columbia:
Sunday, Nov. 7
- Mizzou Student Veterans Association Banquet — The Mizzou Student Veterans Association will be organizing its 4th annual banquet dinner to honor veterans. The banquet will be held at the Tiger Lounge in the Faurot Field press box. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. Veterans and guests are required to RVSP at CopelandD@missouri.edu.
Tuesday, Nov. 9
- Anthony Swofford, Marine veteran and author of the book "Jarhead," will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Conservation Auditorium at MU. The event is organized by Missouri Students Association, Graduate Professional Council Speakers and Mizzou Student Veterans Association as part of Veterans Week activities.
Wednesday, Nov. 10
- 24-hour Veterans Day vigil — MU Army, Air Force and Navy ROTC cadets will stand guard over the Veterans Memorial at the Boone County Courthouse. The 24-hour vigil will start at 11:11 a.m. on Wednesday and end at 11:11 a.m. on Thursday. The Cadets will keep watch over the memorial in pairs with a change of guard every hour.
Thursday, Nov. 11
- Free breakfast for veterans — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 280 will be offering a free breakfast for veterans from 6:30 to 10 a.m. at their office on 1509 Ashley St.
- Veterans Day program at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital — The annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital. Medical director of the Truman Community Living Center, Frederick M. Wilson, will speak at the ceremony. Winners of a Veterans Day contest for junior and senior high school students in the Columbia Public School District will be announced.
- Veterans Day parade — The Mizzou joint ROTC Veterans Day Parade will begin at the Geological Sciences building behind the MU Columns at 10:45 a.m. The parade will leave Francis Quadrangle and travel down Eighth Street to reach the Boone County Courthouse at 11 a.m. A ceremony will be held at the courthouse. Chief guest 509th Mission Support Group commander Colonel Rick Milligan will speak.
- Honor guard presentation — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 280 will present an honor guard at 11 a.m. at the Boone County Courthouse.
- Thank you cards for veterans — Craft Studio is organizing a session where people can make "thank you" cards for veterans, which will then be delivered to the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital. The session will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. at N12 Memorial Union. Supplies will be provided by the organizers.
- Annual wreath laying ceremony — MU's traditional wreath laying ceremony will be held at the Memorial Tower. The Memorial Tower, erected in 1922 to honor WWI veterans from Missouri, stands today as a symbol of the services and sacrifices of our veterans. The ceremony will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
- Missouri Veterans History Project reception and grand opening of the MU Veterans Center — The grand opening of the MU Veterans Center will be at its new location at MU's Memorial Union. It will be followed by a reception for the veterans sponsored by Student Union Programming Board. MU Chancellor Brady Deaton will give his Veterans Day address. Attendees can learn about the Veterans History Project and listen to guest speakers at N103 Stotler Lounge. The event will take place from 1 to 2 p.m.
- Ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at MU Veterans Center — A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the MU Veterans Center will take place immediately after the grand opening. An open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the MU Veterans Center, where visitors can learn about the array of services offered by the center.
A comprehensive list of Veterans Day food, retail and entertainment offers can be found on the MU Veterans Center Facebook page.