The seventh annual Veterans Day Silent March at Buffalo State will be held on Thursday, November 5. The marchers—present or past members of the United States military or allied forces, their spouses and dependents, and first responders—will leave Chase Hall at noon and proceed in silence to the Plaza in front of Campbell Student Union. The Veterans Day observance will begin at 12:10 p.m. with the singing of the national anthem, led by the S.P.I.R.I.T. Gospel Choir.
Margaret Shaw-Burnett, associate vice president of Continuing Professional Studies, will serve as emcee for the ceremony. Shaw-Burnett oversees the Veterans and Military Services unit at Buffalo State, which has been named a Military Friendly School for 2015. Melanie Perreault, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will offer brief remarks.
At the beginning of the program, Master Sergeant Alan Payne, who serves as coordinator of the Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Buffalo State, will fire a blank cannon shot. Buffalo State is one of nine colleges that take part in the local ROTC program.
Alumna and noted watercolorist Rita Argen Auerbach will introduce this year’s Military Service Scholarship recipient on behalf of the Armed Forces Alumni, which helps to fund the scholarship. The late Richard Auerbach, who received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2007, was a leading member of the Armed Forces Alumni. Trevor Hoehn, this year’s scholarship recipient, joined the U.S. Navy under the National Call to Serve program and served for seven years. He is pursuing a master’s degree in creative studies.
The Silent March is presented by Continuing Professional Studies, which includes Veterans and Military Services; the Alumni Association; and the Buffalo State chapter of the Student Veterans of America. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in the Social Hall, Campbell Student Union.
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