Filled With Solemn Pride
Say ‘Thank You’ To Our Military Heroes At Local Veterans Day Events
BY ANITA NEAL HARRISON
On the first anniversary of the end of World War I fighting — Nov. 11, 1919 — President Woodrow Wilson declared Americans’ reflections should “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.”
That proclamation was the start of Veterans Day, and now, 95 years later, Americans continue the tradition of honoring, remembering and celebrating veterans. Check out these local events.
Retired Army Colonel, national speaker, author and physician Jim Coy will sign books and give three separate talks on Leadership, Courage and Hope at the Inside Columbia offices. Col. Coy served with numerous Special Operations and Special Forces units, including the 3rd Army Special Forces Group (Airborne) during the first Gulf War and the Liberation of Kuwait campaign (Operation Urban Freedom). His talks will draw from his three books, A Gathering of Eagles, Valor, and Prisoners of Hope. Free; “Leadership” talk 9 a.m., “Courage” talk noon; “Hope” talk 3 p.m.; 47 E. Broadway; 573-442-1430; www.agatheringofeagles.com
Join Joan Stack, curator of art collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, for a tour of the exhibition “Art for a World at War: WWI Posters and Editorial Cartoons.” See original World War I posters and editorial cartoons and learn how they reflect the vigilance, anxiety and patriotic devotion of the era. To celebrate all U.S. veterans, State Historical Society military artifacts from a variety of conflicts will be on special display at the event. The exhibit will run from Oct. 14 to Feb. 14. Free; 1:30 p.m.; 1020 Lowry St.; 800-747-6366; www.shs.umsystem.edu
Volunteer cadets and midshipmen from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force ROTC units at the University of Missouri will form a two-person detail to perform a vigil of honor in front of the Boone County war memorials at the Boone County Courthouse. There will be a detail marching every hour from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9. Volunteers will read a list of veterans’ names during the vigil and at the closing ceremony. Free; 2 p.m.; 705 E. Walnut; 573-882-0554; www.airforce.missouri.edu
The annual University of Missouri Veterans Day Parade hosted by the Air Force ROTC will begin at the Mizzou Columns and travel along Eighth Street to the Boone County Courthouse. Several Boone County veterans and commemorative organizations will participate. A short ceremony will be held at the Boone County Courthouse immediately following the parade. The ceremony will conclude with remarks by a distinguished guest speaker followed by a three-volley salute and the playing of taps. Free; parade at 1:30 p.m., ceremony at 2 p.m.; Eighth Street for parade, 705 E. Walnut for ceremony; 573-882-0554; www.airforce.missouri.edu
Come to the Missouri Theatre to hear the incredible story of J.R. Martinez, a U.S. Army veteran, author, actor, motivational speaker and winner of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” In 2001, Martinez sustained severe burns to more than 34 percent of his body while serving in Iraq. His New York Times best-selling book, Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength and Spirit, details how he took his personal tragedy and turned it into inspiration for others. Free; 7:30 p.m.; 203 S. Ninth St.; 573-882-3780; www.stufftodo.missouri.edu
Recognize and honor MU veterans at the Wreath Laying Ceremony and Blue Star Memorial Dedication. The event begins with a ceremony on the east side of Memorial Union where the new Blue Star Memorial will be dedicated. After a procession to the Memorial Tower, the annual wreath ceremony will occur followed by the National Roll Call. Free; noon; 518 Hitt St.; www.facebook.com/MUSUPB
Join the Mizzou RSVP Center in welcoming Stormie Dunn, author of Silenced No More: The Courage of a Soldier — Life After Military Sexual Trauma, as she speaks in Wrench Auditorium at Memorial Union about her experience with military sexual trauma and the lasting effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. A book signing will follow. Free; 7 p.m.; 518 Hitt St.; www.rsvp.missouri.edu
To see more Mizzou Veterans Week events, visit www.stufftodo.missouri.edu.