Honoring veterans has become a tradition each year during Homecoming at Delta State University. This year marks the sixth annual Veteran’s Recognition Program.
“A Veteran’s Salute” will be held in the Veterans Atrium of Jobe Hall on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Salute will feature music by the Delta State University Chamber Singers and Delta State music faculty and students. Each military branch will be recognized and all service songs will be performed.
The event will open with a welcome from President William LaForge that will be followed by skits and musical selections honoring veterans. Boy Scout Troop 23 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Dr. James Robinson, retired Delta State history professor and 1968 graduate, helped make the dream of the Veteran’s Atrium become a reality. After noticing that the existing fountain in the atrium of Jobe Hall was not working and that students were not utilizing the space, he had the idea of turning the area into a tribute to veterans.
After Robinson teamed up with the Alumni and Foundation Office as well as the Golden Circle, the Veterans Atrium was born. It consists of a beautiful fountain and a memorial, which includes a bronze tree honoring veterans who were alumni, faculty, staff, students, or friends of Delta State. There is also a bookcase which includes service records for the honored veterans.
Dr. Mary Lenn Buchanan, professor of music, has been instrumental in the veterans program. Each year she chooses a theme, and the music department works tirelessly to prepare a program to honor our veterans.
Prior to the program, refreshments will be served, and the Veterans Atrium can be viewed beginning at 10 a.m.
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