Methodist University Plans Veterans Day Events

Methodist University has several events planned during the week of Nov. 6 in recognition of the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday. Highlights include a wreath-laying ceremony Nov. 8 and the home football game on Nov. 11, which has been designated as a military appreciation game.

On Wednesday, the campus chapter of the Student Veterans of America will conduct a wreath-laying ceremony at noon at the campus flag pole, located in front of the Horner Administration Building. Before that, the weekly 11 a.m. Wednesday chapel service in Hensdale Chapel will host guest speaker Chaplain LTC Wilbert Harrison (Ret.), now pastor of First Baptist Church in Hope Mills.

“It is important that we pause to honor and thank our veterans and their families for their service to our nation,” said Billy Buckner, director, MU at Fort Bragg. “Our veterans are a source of pride in our nation and we should honor them daily, especially on Veterans Day.”

Saturday, the football game will recognize an honorary guest, Maj. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn, who is the former commander of the U.S. Army South at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Chinn previously served as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commanding General (Support) for the 82nd Airborne Division.

Admission to the football game is free with a military ID, or $6 for general admission, $3 for visiting college students with ID and other school-aged students, or free for children under 6. Kickoff against N.C. Wesleyan in Monarch Stadium is at 1 p.m.

Other activities during the week include: The Student Veterans Association will paint the Spirit Rock for the holiday, and veterans are encouraged to add their signature to rock. The Quad will also host a flag display in the middle of campus all week. Chi Delta Chi, a veterans’ honor society, will sponsor and set up two Missing Man Tables from Nov. 1-13 in the McLean Health Sciences Building and Davis Memorial Library, as part of the City of Fayetteville’s effort to break the Missing Man Table record.