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ETSU to hold Veterans Day ceremony on November 7

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JOHNSON CITY (November 4, 2013) — In observance of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Standing Committee, the Student Veterans of America, and the East Tennessee State University Department of Military Science will hold a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. to honor and remember those who have served their country through military service. The public is invited to attend.

The event, which will take place at the Veterans Memorial in the quadrangle (behind Gilbreath Hall), will feature the ETSU Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets placing a wreath while “Taps” is played.

ETSU President Brian Noland will re-dedicate the Veterans Memorial, which was moved to a new location recently to create space for the new quad.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ron Hite will offer remarks at the ceremony. He is a 1964 graduate of ETSU and has 33 years of commissioned military service. His notable assignments include the first commander of the Army’s Combat Systems Test Activity in Aberdeen (Md.) Proving Ground; development of the Army’s High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) and several major weapons systems; and Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research, Development, and Acquisition, providing testimony before the House and Senate Defense Committees and directing the Army’s Acquisition Corps.

In his civilian career, Hite is the president and CEO of Cypress International. He also remains an ctive supporter of ETSU and serves in many capacities.

Also speaking will be Maj. Mario Soto, a student at the ETSU James H. Quillen College of Medicine. Soto, a 1995 graduate of the United States Military Academy, served in Germany, Kosovo, Iraq, Colombia, Panama, and Afghanistan. His last posting was as Commander of Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command and U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne).

For further information, contact Charles Patton of the Veterans Affairs Standing Committee at or ETSU’s Department of Military Science at (423) 439-4269. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.