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University Honors Veterans with Wreath-Laying Ceremony and Annual Dinner

November 07, 2017

The University of Idaho is partnering with the Moscow Chamber of Commerce to honor local veterans with a dinner at the Pitman Center from 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.

Colonel Glen Downing, commander of the Air Force ROTC detachment at U of I and WSU, is the keynote speaker for the dinner, which is free to all veterans and one guest. The dinner is open to all and costs $10 per person for non-veterans.   

“This annual dinner is just a small gesture of thanks to all our veterans in the area, both those attending the university and those living in our communities,” said Dan Button, a retired Marine officer and coordinator of Veteran Services at the university. 

The United States observes Veterans Day each year on Nov. 11, marking the end of World War I.  It was originally called Armistice Day in the U.S., as it continues to be observed in many nations.    

“Of course, we hope everybody in the community who wants to take time on Veterans Day to honor those who served in uniform will join us as well,” Button said.

RSVPs for the dinner are requested by Nov. 8 online at or call 208-885-6365. 

In addition to the Veterans Appreciation Dinner, U of I veterans and ROTC departments will hold a wreath-laying ceremony on the front steps of Memorial Gym at 11:11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, to recognize and honor Vandal veterans, past and present.  

“The ceremony lasts just over 10 minutes and will take place regardless of weather,” Button said. “It serves to demonstrate U of I’s commitment and gratitude for all our veterans, both living and fallen.”   

Media Contact: 

Barry A. Johnson
Military Student Services & Partnerships

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