Angelo State University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 will commemorate Veterans Day and honor the nation’s military veterans with a flag retreat ceremony and candlelight vigil on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the ASU flagpole and Memorial Oak Grove.

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Eugene Berman

Activities will begin at 4 p.m. with the flag retreat ceremony at the flagpole, which is located in front of the Mayer Administration Building, 2601 W. Ave. N. Following opening remarks by Det. 847 commander Maj. Gary “Judd” Glover, activities will move to the nearby Memorial Oak Grove for the dedication of two new memorials and the start of the candlelight vigil at 5 p.m.

The new memorials consist of brick monuments topped with bronze plaques. One honors all current and former ASU student veterans, while the other commemorates all former ASU students who died in military combat. They flank the original brick memorial that, along with the Memorial Oak Grove, remembers 29 former ASU students who were killed in action during World War II.

Special guest speaker for the candlelight vigil will be Burt Terrill, a Vietnam veteran and mayor of San Angelo. Following Terrill’s remarks, Det. 847 cadets will begin standing vigil and reading aloud short biographies of ASU alumni veterans. The first cadet reading will be followed by a reception in the Mayer Administration Building hosted by the ASU Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and West Texas Collection. The vigil and readings will continue at the Memorial Oak Grove until midnight.

The flag retreat ceremony and candlelight vigil are sponsored by ASU’s Carr Squadron of the Arnold Air Society, Silver Wings professional student organization and ROTC Det. 847.

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