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WKU to observe Veterans Day with 5K run, other events and recognitions

WKU will honor U.S. military members and veterans with several events next week leading up to the Veterans Day ceremony and recognitions on Nov. 10.

Hilltopper Battalion 5K run

The Hilltopper Battalion will host its third annual 5K Formation Run on Nov. 9. Check-in begins at 6 a.m. with the run starting at 6:30 a.m. at Diddle Arena auxiliary gym. Pre-registration is $10 by Nov. 2. Race-day registration is $15. Proceeds will benefit the 1LT Eric Yates Memorial Scholarship.

For registration form or information, contact Military Science at (270) 745-4293, email eric.vincent@wku.edu or stop by the ROTC office in Diddle Arena, room 1512.

WKU Veterans Day ceremony

WKU’s annual Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony and ROTC Hall of Fame induction of Stephen R. Fogle will begin at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at the Faculty House.

Fogle, a 1976 WKU graduate who lives in San Antonio, Texas, served in the U.S. Army from 1976 to 1982. His assignments included duties at Fort Knox; Fort Carson, Colo.; and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. His military awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Assault Badge and Order of Saint Barbara.

He left the Army in 1982 to attend law school at Baylor University, where he earned his law degree in 1986. Fogle is a partner of the Jackson Walker LLP law firm in San Antonio and serves as chairman of the Board of Directors for Returning Heroes Home, Inc., which supports the Warrior and Family Support Center in providing a home away from home and a place of healing for those recovering from injuries and wounds sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fogle also is serving on the WKU Alumni Association’s national board of directors.

Veterans Outreach Week

WKU’s Student Veterans Alliance and Military Student Services are planning Veterans Outreach Week Nov. 5-11 with events that educate and create awareness for military veterans at WKU and in the community.

Events include a flag display at Centennial Mall that begins at 3 p.m. Nov. 5 and continues through the week; a Coffee Break with Veterans event from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at Centennial Mall; a screening of “Where Soldiers Come From” at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at Gary Ransdell Hall Auditorium; an open house at the Military Student Services Veterans Resource Center from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Tate Page Hall, room 237; the ROTC 5K run at 6:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at Diddle Arena auxiliary gym; Bowling Green Veterans Day parade at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 in downtown Bowling Green; WKU football’s military appreciation game that kicks off at noon at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium; and Veterans Day on Nov. 11. More: Veterans Outreach Week information packet

Members of the Student Veterans Alliance also will be collecting items to send to WKU student and SVA member Daniel Collins, who is deployed to Djibouti, Africa. Items may be dropped off at the Veterans Resource Center in Tate Page Hall by Nov. 9.

Bowling Green Veterans Day parade

In addition to the SVA, members of WKU’s Veterans Upward Bound program and their families will participate in Bowling Green’s Veterans Day parade on Nov. 10.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Sixth and College streets, travels past Circus Square and Fountain Square Park, turns left onto 10th Street, turns left onto State Street and ends at Sixth and State streets. (Find out more on Facebook.)

Wounded Warriors to be recognized

WKU also will host a group from the Wounded Warrior Program at Fort Knox for the Nov. 10 football game between the Hilltoppers and Florida Atlantic. The group of 75 will include Wounded Warriors, their families and friends. They will arrive at the Corvette Museum and then travel to WKU for a welcome and greeting at the Topper Café on the South Lawn. The Wounded Warriors group will receive complimentary game tickets, concession coupons and souvenirs.

The Wounded Warriors group as well as all active duty military members and veterans will be recognized during the game, which kicks off at noon at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

Veterans Night Nov. 13 at Hilltopper basketball

Veterans also will be recognized at the WKU vs. Austin Peay men’s basketball game on Nov. 13. Anyone with any form of a military identification can show the ID at the WKU Ticket Office prior the game to receive a complimentary ticket. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Diddle Arena.

Contact: Military Science, (270) 745-4293; or Military Student Services, (270) 745-5837.

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