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UConn to host Veteran's Day ceremony (Released: 11/7/95)

by Thomas Becher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut will host a Veteran's Day ceremony Friday, Nov. 10 featuring 13 military groups and veterans organizations and a keynote address by a survivor of Iwo Jima.

The theme will be "Celebrating the Service of Those who Fought to Preserve Human Rights" -- in conjuction with the University's yearlong celebration of human rights and the rule of law.

The U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard will be represented by color guards. A 21-gun salute, Taps and an aircraft flyover will be part of the ceremony.

The program begins at 11 a.m. at the Wilbur Cross Building quadrangle with the national anthem and a flyover by the Connecticut Air National Guard.

The keynote speaker, retired educator George Gentile of New Britain, fought in the battle for Iwo Jima and is a founding member of the Iwo Jima Survivors Association. He will speak about the war with Japan and the end of World War II.

The following veterans organizations and color guards are scheduled to participate: American Legion, Reserve Officers Association, Air Force Association, Korean Rangers, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS, Marine Corps League, New Britain Council of Veterans, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Disabled American Veterans, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and U.S. Air Force ROTC.

The program is sponsored by the Army and Air Force ROTC and the University's Office of Community and Campus Relations.

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