Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Germanna students, faculty, staff, public to spend eight hours reading names of Iraq and Afghanistan casualities in Veterans' Day ceremony

Germanna Community College has joined a nationwide grass-roots effort to honor American service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade.
On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, campus and community volunteers at more than 170 college and universities across the nation will spend eight hours reading the names of the 6,200-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, now called Operation New Dawn.
Each GCC campus (both at Locust Grove and Fredericksburg) participating in Remembrance Day National Roll Call will organize its own full day of reading of names. At the two Germanna campuses, the readings will begin at 8:45 a.m.
Lt. Col. (Ret) Brett Morris, the National Roll Call coordinator, said, “We wanted to rally campus communities across the nation to send a powerful message to the troops currently serving that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen.”
The reading of the names will take nearly eight hours to complete as readers announce the names in chronological order.
For information about the Germanna roll call, and to volunteer to be a reader, Kathryn A. Denner at 540/423-9123.

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