Drury University to host public Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12  

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., November 9, 2018 — Drury University and the Drury chapter of Student Veterans of America will hold a public Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12 at the Plaster Gallery in the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

The featured guest speaker will be Staff Sergeant John Pope. A U.S. Army Veteran who served from 1998 to 2005, Pope was deployed seven times to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He continued his education through Drury University and he graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s in business administration. He currently works for Edwards Jones as a financial advisor in Rogersville and is a member of the Drury Alumni Council.

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. The Drury brass quintet will perform the national anthem and Dr. Tijuana Julian and Max Head will play “Taps.”

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 commitment continues today through Drury’s dedication to serving active and retired military personnel across all degree programs and nine branch locations – including in St. Robert, where the Fort Wood is based. Drury supports federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty service members apply for, pay for and complete their degrees and has designated staff to help coordinate these services.