Community volunteers needed for Remembrance Day National Roll Call

Community volunteers needed for Remembrance Day National Roll Call

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Community members of all ages are invited to join with students, faculty and staff at Rowan University to pay tribute to the nation's veterans during Remembrance Day National Roll Call on Friday, Nov. 11.
Community members of all ages are invited to join with students, faculty and staff at Rowan University to pay tribute to the nation's veterans during Remembrance Day National Roll Call on Friday, Nov. 11.

As part of Veterans Day ceremonies at Rowan, volunteers will read the names of the 6,300-plus men and women who have given their lives in combat since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (now called Operation New Dawn).

Remembrance Day National Roll Call is a nationwide grassroots effort to honor American service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice over the last decade. Rowan will be one of 183 colleges and universities across the United States to join Remembrance Day National Roll Call.

"It will take a good eight hours to read all of the names and we'll need about 40 readers," says Anna Marie Pustizzi, coordinator of Veterans Affairs for Rowan's Academic Success Center.

"We would love to include veterans and family members and friends who have lost loved ones, as well as any members of the community who would like to join us to pay tribute to our service members."

Readers will be needed throughout the day and volunteers can read in 10-minute blocks of time-or just read one name, if they wish, according to Pustizzi. The event will be broadcast on Channel 2 on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM. To listen, visit wgls.rowan.edu and click on the "Channel 2 Listen Live" link on the left of the home page.

"It will be a tribute that not only will honor our fallen veterans, but, also, all the veterans who have served and are serving for us right now. Some of our military students, faculty members and staff will be reading and we would love to have veterans of other eras-World War II, Korea, Vietnam-join us. That includes members of the WAVES and WACS."

The roll call of casualties is listed in chronological order. Rowan Interim President Ali Houshmand will kick off the reading of the names at 9:30 a.m. in the Pit of the Chamberlain Student Center.

Veterans Day events at Rowan begin at 9 a.m. in the Pit. After a welcome and the playing of the national anthem, representatives of the Veterans Affairs Office will present the  Veterans Ambassador Award to Richard Jones, Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students at Rowan. The award will recognize his support of students who are veterans.

Flags representing the 122 New Jersey casualties since 9/11 will be placed outside the Student Center. At 2 p.m., the campus will participate in a national moment of silence to honor all veterans.

At approximately 5 p.m., after all Remembrance Day National Roll Call names have been read, 50 candles representing the nation will be lit. The ceremony will end with the playing of "Taps."

To volunteer to read for the National Roll Call or for more information about Veterans Day activities at Rowan, contact AnnaMarie Pustizzi (pustizzi@rowan.edu) or Beth Sosnoski (sosnoski@rowan.edu) at 856-256-4233.

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