Southern Polytechnic State University has scheduled a number of different activities next week that are free and open to the public in observance of Military Appreciation Week (Nov. 12-15).
The observance kicks off at 12 p.m. Monday with an opening ceremony in the Student Center Ballroom featuring World War II Pearl Harbor veteran Bob Kerr and the reading of a proclamation. At 7 p.m. that night, retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Larry Taylor will deliver a presentation titled, "Is the U.S. entering another interwar period?" in the Ballroom. A reception will follow.
On Tuesday, Jerry Pierce, a member of the Social and International Studies faculty, will lead the campus in creating a display of flags from 12-1 p.m. in the Sycamore Grove outside the Library as a special thank-you to all military personnel, past and present. That night is Military Appreciation Basketball Night at the Gymnasium, with a tailgate cookout beginning at 4:30 p.m., a color guard ceremony and a presentation on transitioning from active duty to service in the community by Vietnam veteran and local attorney Cary King preceding the men’s and women’s basketball games. Kick-off for the Lady Hornets vs. Reinhardt University is at 6 p.m., with the men’s game to follow around 8 p.m.
On Wednesday, George “Jay” Veith, a former Army captain and author of several books, will give two presentations. From 8-9 a.m. in J-130, he will focus on his first book, “Code-name Bright Light: The untold story of U.S. POW rescue efforts during the Vietnam War” (1998).” And from 12-1 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, he will talk about and sign copies of his latest book, “Black April, the fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75” (2012). SPSU’s Active Military Personnel and Veterans Organization (AMPVO) will provide a light lunch during this event.
Thursday’s closing ceremony for Military Appreciation Week is a luncheon on that will feature the presentation of the 2012 Military Appreciation Memory Plaque, gifts for the military personnel and veterans among SPSU’s faculty, staff and students and the introduction of military scholarship winners. Several SPSU students who are military personnel and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John B. Commander Jr. will also discuss their experiences.
The luncheon (12-1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom) is free and open to the public, but to reserve a seat, you need to send an e-mail to Dawn Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 p.m., Nov. 12.