Mid-Missouri will observe Veterans Day in various ways

Friday, November 8, 2013 | 8:27 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — To recognize Veterans Day, a number of commemorative events are taking place in the next few days to honor servicemen and women, former and current, around Columbia.

MU will hold several events as part of Mizzou Veterans Week including a vigil, a parade and a wreath-laying ceremony. In Jefferson City, there will be a ceremony in the first-floor Capitol rotunda on Monday. 

Mizzou Joint ROTC Veterans Day Vigil

  • 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9
  • At the Boone County Courthouse

The vigil will be held in front of the Boone County war memorials at the courthouse. Volunteer cadets and midshipmen from the Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC will form two-person details every hour for 24 hours. A list of veterans' names will be read during the vigil and at the final ceremony after the parade.

The Mizzou Joint ROTC Annual Veterans Day Parade and Closing Ceremony

  • 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10
  • From the MU columns to the Boone County Courthouse

The 28th annual parade will begin at the columns on Francis Quadrangle and move down Eighth Street, ending at the courthouse. It will feature the Boone County Fire Protection District's pipe and drum band, World War II-era Jeeps, antique convertibles and two veteran motorcycle groups, according to Cadet Patrick Stark, the primary in charge of the ROTC events. This is the first time in recent years the event is not scheduled for Veterans Day and also the first time in recent years it's being held in the afternoon.

"We really wanted the community to have access to the parade and enjoy it, so we moved it back to Sunday," Stark said.

The closing ceremony will be held outside the courthouse and include a three-volley salute and the playing of taps.

Wreath Laying Ceremony

  • Noon Monday, Nov. 11
  • At the Memorial Tower, Memorial Student Union

A wreath-laying ceremony and a guest speaker will precede the Remembrance Day National Roll Call when the names of fallen servicemen and women from Iraq and Afghanistan will be read. The ceremony will conclude with a national minute of silence at 1 p.m.; a reception at Memorial Union will follow.  

I Support Mizzou veterans photos

  • 1:15 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11
  • At the Memorial Tower, Memorial Student Union

Students, staff and members of the community are invited to a group photo opportunity in honor of MU veterans.

Speaker: Michael Hingson

  • 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11
  • At the Chamber Auditorium, MU Student Center

Michael Hingson, a survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, will talk about how he escaped with the help of his guide dog Roselle. A reception will proceed at 6 p.m.

Jefferson City Veterans Council Veterans Day Ceremony

  • 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11
  • At the Capitol, first floor rotunda

The capitol's ceremony will include music and speakers to pay tribute to veterans, according to Wanda Seeney, Office of Administration spokeswoman. 

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