Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

November 7, 2012

The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9, and all area residents are invited to attend.

This ceremony is being held early this year in part because most Rio Grande offices will be closed on Veterans Day, which will be observed on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Also, by holding this ceremony on Nov. 9, area residents will be able to attend this observance, as well as other community events being held to honor veterans over the weekend.

The Rio Grande event will feature special music, remarks from honored guests and a special award being presented to a local veteran.

The Nov. 9 ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. inside the Davis University Center on the Rio Grande campus. The Rio Grande Symphonic Band will perform to open the ceremony, and then the Color Guard, which will be made up of student veterans at Rio Grande, will post the colors and lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Grande Chorale student musical group will also perform the National Anthem at the beginning of the event, and will also present other special music during the ceremony.

Chaplain John Rozewicz will lead the ceremony, and will call several speakers to the stage, including Tony Burnett, president of the Student Senate and a member of the Veterans Organization at Rio Grande.

Todd Folley, president of the Veterans Organization on campus, will also speak briefly during the ceremony and will honor all of the veterans in attendance during the day.

Also during the ceremony, John Hill will be introducing and awarding Retired Chief Petite Officer Ray Boone the Ohio House of Representatives recognition.  Ray Boone was active Navy personal at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Rep. Clyde Evans, who previously served southern Ohio in the Ohio House of Representatives and who has had a long and distinguished career at Rio Grande, will share some remarks during the ceremony.

Evans will also call up another local veteran to the stage during the ceremony in order to give this individual a special award. The award is a surprise, though, and the winner is not being announced until the ceremony. The honoree is very deserving of this honor, and those in attendance will be proud to see this individual recognized in this way.

Ken Dodson will perform Taps at the closing of the ceremony, and then all of the veterans in attendance will be asked to gather together for a photograph.
The ceremony is being coordinated by the Rio Grande Chaplaincy, and all area residents are invited to attend this event.

For more information on the Friday, Nov. 9 Veterans Day observance at Rio Grande, call Marshall Kimmel at 1-800-282-7201. For additional information on upcoming events at Rio Grande, as well as information on the wide range of academic programs offered on the university’s scenic campus, log onto