Veterans Day Ceremony Planned at Main Campus

November 10, 2009

Veterans Day Ceremony Planned at Main Campus Saint Leo University’s annual observance of the Veterans Day holiday is planned for 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the main campus. Community members, particularly veterans and their families, are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Participants and speakers will gather around the flags between Saint Edward and Saint Francis halls for the program. In case of rain, the program will simply move indoors to the Student Community Center boardrooms. The building is accessible to the disabled.

Retired U.S. Army Major General John H. Little, the guest speaker, will address the themes of commitment and sacrifice. Major General Little served for 32 years in the Army, and his career included two tours of duty in Vietnam and multiple assignments in research and development. After retiring from the Army, Major General Little worked for a time in the private sector, then in 2002 became superintendent of Wentworth Military Academy and College in Lexington, Missouri. Wentworth had a special claim on the retired major general as it was the very place he began his higher education and formal military career, first as a high school student and then as a junior college student from 1957 to 1961. The Major General retired from Wentworth as superintendent in 2007, but is still involved with the school as a volunteer. He and his wife Lorrie now live in the Tampa Bay area.

Veterans from among the Saint Leo student body, the alumni population, and faculty and staff will also participate in the observance. The Saint Leo University Voices of Christ choir will perform.

Following the service, veterans and their families are invited to a free lunch in the Student Community Center on campus.

November 11 is also Fall Community Service Day at the main campus. In the afternoon, volunteers among the students, faculty and staff will fan out to a variety of local non-profit agencies to lend a hand with special projects and chores. Regular classes at the main campus are cancelled on November 11 to allow participation in the morning ceremony and afternoon volunteer service time.