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ASU, Boone Mall to Mark Veterans Day with Ceremonies Friday, Nov. 11

Cadets in the ROTC program at Appalachian State University prepare to raise the U.S. flag during a 2015 Veterans Day observance. Photo by Marie Freeman

Appalachian State University will mark Veterans Day this year with two ceremonies on campus, and another Veterans Day ceremony will take place at the Boone Mall. Each event is free and open to the public. Veterans Day is Nov. 11.

The first of two Appalachian ceremonies will take place 9 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, which is adjacent to the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building on campus. Chancellor Sheri N. Everts will deliver remarks, as will Dr. Doug May.

A reception will follow in the lobby of the Dougherty building. There will be free parking in the Rivers Street Parking Deck. In case of adverse weather, the ceremony will take place in the lobby of the Dougherty building.

May, a former commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business from 1982 until 2012, when he retired. He also served as the director of academic computing at Appalachian. He is a board member of the High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and a member of Appalachian’s Military Affairs Committee.

The second Appalachian ceremony, at 3 p.m., will serve as the grand opening of the university’s Student Veteran Resource Center, which will be on the second floor of the Plemmons Student Union. The grand opening will include a public ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception in Room 226 (Linville Falls) in the Plemmons Student Union. Free parking will be available in the College Street Parking Deck beside Belk Library and Information Commons.

Student Veteran Services Coordinator Eric Gormly, a six-year veteran of the U.S Marine Corps, will run the center. He has said it will provide assistance with everything from filling out forms to using benefits.

The Boone Mall ceremony, which is sponsored by the High Country Chapter of MOAA, will start at 11 a.m.