By Tatiana Johnson
This semester’s Veteran’s Day ceremony is to be another first on OLLU’s long list of upgrades. In an interview with Wallis Sanborn, Ph.D. and Marine veteran, he shares his plans for the daylong events to occur this November 11.
Up until this year, OLLU’s Veteran’s Day itinerary consisted of a simple heartfelt ceremony remembering and honoring the men and woman in uniform. This year Dr. Sanborn expressed how he plans to expand the events of Veteran’s Day; not just in duration, but also in the terms of campus-wide involvement. OLLU is a “Yellow Ribbon” university with over 400 veterans enrolled and all veterans who are students, faculty, and staff are welcome with RSVP to partake in the luncheon to occur at 11am to 12:15 pm in the Blue Room.
The pinnacle of the day’s events, the commemoration ceremony, will take place from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm in the Mall Area with special guest speaker Major General Angie Salinas, a first generation graduate and highest ranking Latina in the service. All of OLLU’s students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend and socialize with the attending guest veterans.
The newest feature to OLLU’s Veteran’s Day will be the screening and discussion of “On Two Fronts: Latinos and Vietnam” to be held at 7pm in the Blue Room. This historical documentary is framed by the memoirs of two siblings, Everett and Delia Alvarez, one as a POW and the other protesting at home. According to the documentary’s official website, “Other stories deepen the narrative: in Greenlee County, Arizona, miners’ children fought and died for their country in devastating proportions. Sisters and mothers took notice and action. A farmworker’s son translated his military experience into a career before resigning in protest from his post on a local draft board.”
When asked about his opinion of last year’s ceremony, Dr. Sanborn replied that the ceremony turned out went well, despite the wind. Last year was OLLU’s first veteran luncheon with 50 OLLU veterans in attendance. This year he hopes to see a greater turn out for all the events (mentioned above) and encourages professors and students to spread the word throughout the campus. To further OLLU’s student involvement, there will be war literature on display in the Sueltenfuss Library as well as a picture wall displayed in the cafeteria. To have a picture of a veteran you honor posted, contact the SLD office in the Worden Center.