Every Veterans Day, the community gathers to lay a wreath in honor of Mizzou student veterans.

This Friday is Veterans Day. Established in 1926 after World War I, Veterans Day is a time to reflect on and honor American soldiers’ service.

Various events will be held throughout Columbia this Friday, including:

  • Remembrance Day National Roll Call: Participants will recite the names of fallen soldiers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Atkins-Holman Student Commons on the Columbia College campus. The synchronized reading is being held around the nation.
  • Mizzou Joint ROTC Annual Veterans Day Parade: Starting at the Mizzou columns and ending at Boone County Courthouse, the annual Veterans Day Parade features veterans and ROTC members in historical military outfits. This year’s parade will also feature the U.S.’s only joint rifle team.
  • Mizzou Joint ROTC Annual Veterans Day Ceremony: Once the parade reaches the Boone County Courthouse, a ceremony will be held honoring veterans. The event will a three-vollege salute and taps at the 11th minute of the 11th hour, in honor of the Armistice that ended World War I.
  • Veteran’s Wreath Laying Ceremony: After Mizzou’s Memorial Union was completed in 1926, the Memorial Tower was inscribed with the names of 117 Mizzou students who died in World War I. Every Veterans Day, the community gathers to lay a wreath on the floor of the Memorial Tower to honor veterans and their service.
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