COLUMBIA – Following is a list of Thursday's Veterans Day events in Columbia:
- 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 its office on 1509 Ashley St.
- Veterans Day program at Truman Veterans Hospital — The annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the 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 Col. 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 Truman Veterans Hospital. The session will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at N-12 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 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 N-103 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.