TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2014) – United States Army Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant Leroy Petry (Ret.) will serve as the keynote speaker during a Veterans Day ceremony at the University of South Florida at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in the Marshall Student Center Amphitheater.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is one of several planned for USF’s Veterans Week, sponsored by the Office of Veterans Services. Programs throughout the week aim to honor the bravery and sacrifice of all those who have served in the United States military.
USF is often recognized as one of the nation’s most veteran friendly universities and is home to one the nation’s largest student veteran populations, with nearly 2,000.
Petry, a resident of New Mexico, received the Medal of Honor in recognition of his valor in Afghanistan, where he served as part of the elite Army Rangers. The Medal of Honor is considered the nation’s highest medal for valor. He “distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy…on May 26, 2008” by saving fellow Rangers from being severely wounded or killed by a grenade, despite the loss of his own hand. His inspirational story of duty and recovery will be shared with the audience.
Other key events of the week include:
Veteran & Military Appreciation Football Game: USF vs. Houston
Saturday, Nov. 1, 4:00 p.m., Raymond James Stadium
Featuring an in-game presentation honoring veterans from WWII to present and recognition for the Pat Tillman Foundation
5th Annual Chili Cook-off
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MSC Amphitheater
Campus competition heats up to determine the top chili chef at USF! Attendees can sample the chili, vote for their favorite, and cheer on the judge selected top winners.
For more information or for reasonable accommodations, please contact Evan Itle, Office of Veterans Services, at email@example.com.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.