Monday, November 03, 2008JOHNSON CITY—In observance of Veterans Day, the East Tennessee State University Military Science Department, the ETSU Student Veterans Association, and the ETSU Veterans Affairs Standing Committee will hold a ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 11:11 a.m. to honor and to remember those who have served their country through military service. The public is invited to attend.
The event, which is planned at the Veterans Memorial in front of Memorial Hall (home of Brooks Gym), will feature ETSU’s ROTC cadets laying a wreath while “Taps” is played.
The guest speaker will be Major General (Ret.) Gary Harrell. He was among the first recipients of a four-year scholarship from the ETSU Army ROTC program and received his bachelor’s degree and his Army commission in 1973.
Maj. Gen. Harrell’s career has taken him to every hot spot on the globe involving the United States. He earned the highly respected Green Beret and led a Special Forces A-Team and a SCUBA team. Deployed to Grenada during “Operation Urgent Fury,” he also took part in combat operations in Panama with “Operation Just Cause.”
He was sent to the Middle East during “Desert Shield” and “Desert Storm,” and he was wounded by mortar fire while in Somalia helping with United Nations relief efforts. After the attack on the USS Cole, he deployed to Yemen, and, in 2001, he was in Afghanistan. “Operation Iraqi Freedom” found Maj. Gen. Harrell commanding the largest special operations force assembled since World War II – over 20,000 personnel.
For further information, contact the ETSU Military Science Department at (423) 439-4269 or 439-5291.