ACU’s annual Veterans Day Tribute will take place Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in Moody Coliseum. The event is open to the public with a special invitation to all active and retired military personnel.
Special recognition, including a video tribute, will be given to 1952 alumnus and WWII veteran Ray Blackwell. Senior Marcos Morales Rivera, an engineering and physics major from Río Grande, Puerto Rico, will be recognized as well.
The program will include the “Star Spangled Banner,” sung by Mikaylia Bradberry, a senior vocal performance major from Oklahoma City, Okla., and a performance by the Taylor Elementary School choir.
This year’s tribute will also include the presentation of a mortgage-free home to U.S. Army veteran Jeremy Butler, who is a student at the University of Arkansas. The presentation will be made by retired Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, a 1967 ACU alumnus, who founded Warriors Support Foundation. His nonprofit provides support for our nation’s wounded heroes and Gold Star Families as they transition out of the military and into their new civilian life.
“ACU has a rich history of alumni who have served in all branches of the military, and we want to continue to honor them in these important roles of service,” said Lea Watkins, program director for the Center for Building Community. “As a part of the Abilene community for many years, we want to be involved in paying tribute to all those from the Abilene and surrounding areas who have served and are currently serving our country. We also feel it is important for our students to be reminded of those who have sacrificed for our country.”
For more information about the event, contact Lea Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.