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Campus to Host Nov. 8 Veterans Celebration


From Dateline (October 23, 2003)

In a salute to veterans past and present, Cal State Fullerton will join with Latino Advocates for Education Nov. 8 to host the 7th annual Veterans Day Celebration: A Tribute to Mexican-American POWs and Iraq War Veterans.

The 10 a.m. event in the Titan Student Union will recognize veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Kosovo and Iraq. Military memorabilia will be on display in and around the Titan Pavilion, where the program will be held.

“It is fitting and just that we honor and recognize Latino POWs who endured incredible cruelty and dehumanizing treatment at the hands of America’s enemies,” said Frederick P. Aguirre, president of Latino Advocates for Education and an Orange County superior court judge. “All POWs and Iraq war veterans, regardless of ethnicity, are welcome to attend and be honored.”

Family members of deceased veterans are among those scheduled to attend the celebration, which is open to the public free of charge.

A Cal State Fullerton ROTC color guard will participate. CSUF graduates who preceded them in the university’s ROTC program and currently are serving in Iraq include: Eric Coger (B.A. political science ’01), Ryan Gutzwiler (B.A. American studies ’02) and Andrew Stone (B.A. criminal justice ’01).

Veterans, family members and friends are invited to call 225-2499 to share names of veterans and contact information for them to be included among those recognized at the event.

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