Tulane Joins Universities Nationwide in Honoring Fallen Service Members

November 2, 2011

Mike Strecker
Phone: (504) 865-5210

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Tulane University will participate in the Remembrance Day National Roll Call.

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Tulane University will participate in the Remembrance Day National Roll Call by reading aloud the names of the more than 6,200 American service men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001.

Approximately half the names will be read from 8 a.m. to noon in front of Tulane's Lavin- Bernick Center for University Life. The remaining names will be read from noon to 4:30 p.m. inside McAlister Auditorium. Among the names read will be Sgt. First Class David James Todd Jr., a former Army ROTC instructor at Tulane University, who was killed Aug. 20, 2008 while on patrol in Afghanistan.    

Tulane's reading ceremony will coincide with simultaneous readings at more than 100 college and universities across the nation as part of the Remembrance Day National Roll Call.   

The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is sponsored by the Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, a 12,000-member association for the advancement, health and sustainability of student affairs professionals. The mission of the Veterans Knowledge Community is to advocate for best practices to help student veterans transition to college and succeed.¨    

"We wanted to rally campus communities across the nation to send a powerful message to the troops currently serving that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen," said Lt. Col. (Ret) Brett Morris, the National Roll Call coordinator.   

"The reading of individual names is very poignant because it emphasizes the significance of each and every life lost," said Morris, a retired Army officer and the associate director for veterans affairs at Eastern Kentucky University. "There is no effort to raise money or promote individual programs. The event is simply to honor those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf."

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