Saint Leo University will celebrate Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11, with an 11 a.m. ceremony at University Campus in Saint Leo. The ceremony will be held in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms in the Student Community Center. The campus is located at 33701 State Road 52, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285) in the town of Saint Leo. Parking is available in the campus garage.
The program will honor the brave men and women who have served our country as members of the military. It is free and open to the public.
The keynote speaker is Major General James S. Hartsell, USMC, mobilization assistant to commander USPACOM (pictured), who has a distinguished military career. Prior to his USPACOM assignment, Major General Hartsell served as commanding general of 4th Marine Division from 2012 to 2014. In 2010, he was promoted to brigadier general and was assigned as the deputy commanding general, I MEF (Mobilization).
Major General Hartsell began his Marine Corps career in 1981 as an enlisted Marine and served with 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company in Mobile, AL. Upon graduation from the University of South Alabama in 1983, he was commissioned a second lieutenant. Upon completion of the Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines in Kaneohe Bay, HI. Since then, he has held numerous leadership roles, including serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and a deployment to Afghanistan.
Following the ceremony, Saint Leo University students and other volunteers will participate in the semi-annual Community Service Day. This year’s activity is the Peace Paper Project, which uses the ancient tradition of hand paper making as a vehicle for personal expression and cultural change. It supports veterans by providing them with a process that connects them with resources, with each other, and the community that they served. In addition, information services will be provided from Circle of Veterans and Veteran Student Services. Additional service and educational projects will be present at the afternoon activities hosted by the Saint Leo Cheerleading Team, Theta Phi Alpha, and Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. For more information on the Peace Paper Project, please visit http://www.peacepaperproject.org
The complete schedule of events for Veterans Day at Saint Leo University is as follows:
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Veterans Day Ceremony (Student Community Center)
12:30 – 4 p.m. – Peace Paper Project (Student Activities Building/Kirk Hall green)
12:30 – 4 p.m. – “Sending Kisses to the Troops” care package project, sponsored by Theta Phi Alpha sorority
12:30 – 4 p.m. – The Circle of Veterans, providing resources and information for veterans
1:30 – 4 p.m. – J2 Band performing a variety of patriotic songs
8 – 10 p.m. – Moonlight Madness (Marion Bowman Activities Center) – Student-veteran color guard, national anthem soloist, and mental toughness
challenge game (at approximately 9 p.m.)
Saint Leo University is proud of its continued commitment as a military-supportive institution. For more information about the Veterans Day program, contact Lora Lavery-Broda, at (352) 588-8229, or firstname.lastname@example.org.