MSUM would like to honor our veterans for their devoted and brave service to our country. Stop by the Veteran’s Resource Center located in Owens 215 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Veteran’s Day, Thursday, November 11 for cookies, cider and camaraderie. Veterans are welcome to pick up a lapel pin at the CMU (main office), the Physical Plant, the Office of the President, or the Veteran’s Resource Center. Thank you for all you do.

Our Dragon veterans

Our Dragon veterans are students, faculty and staff. Last year a staff member asked if the University could acknowledge the service of so many on our campus. President Edna gave an enthusiastic “yes” and we designed special lapel pins for them. They’re available in the President’s office, the veterans’ services office, the student union and the physical plant.

There’s much more to serving those who’ve served us. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has several programs aimed at veterans. On our campus, Dave Bellefeuille heads our Veterans Resource Center. The Center is located in Owens Hall, just a few steps from the president’s office.

Veterans Day was established by Congress in 1954. It was observed long before that and is a somewhat unusual federal holiday in that it is also commemorated in several other World War I combatant nations as Armistice (or Remembrance) Day.

The date has real significance—it was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that the armistice ending the first “war to end all wars” was signed in 1918. The day was set aside to recognize the service and sacrifice of millions of Americans.

Most public university campuses of a certain age have a strong connection to veterans.  MSU Moorhead was a training center for Army Air Corps cadets during World War II.  After the war, the G.I. Bill flooded college campuses with returning veterans.  Then we fought in Korea and Vietnam and the Gulf War and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and created many more veterans.