U.S. Air Force veteran Colonel Anthony W. Willis will appear as guest speaker for the event. Willis is a 1988 graduate of the Air Force Academy with an over 20-year career of service. He most recently served as Command Senior Intelligence Officer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where he was responsible for the command’s intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations.

University Chaplain Dr. Peter Browning will offer the invocation and Emma Velasquez, president of the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. There will also be several musical performances by the Springfield Symphony Brass Quintet.

Refreshments will be provided after the ceremony. Visitor parking is available in Lot 7 on Summit Avenue, just north of Harrison Stadium. For more information, call, (417) 873-6908.

Drury’s tradition of serving those who have served our country dates back to the days following World War II, when buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. The Veterans Day ceremony caps off a series of events honoring veterans this summer and fall, including the Veteran’s Views exhibit in partnership with the Springfield Art Museum, which runs through Nov. 26.


Media Contact: Mike Barnes – Drury SVA chapter advisor: (417) 873-6369 or mbarnes007@drury.edu