A Purdue University Northwest Veterans Day observance will feature a presentation by a combat Vietnam veteran Nov. 10 in addition to a traditional flag raising ceremony and a comedy show Nov. 11.
The Purdue Northwest organization, From Boots to Books: Veterans and Student Service Members Academic Support Program, will host a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) workshop at 11 a.m., Nov. 10 in Gyte 011. Keynote speaker Jim Chancellor, a Purple Heart and a Heroism Medal for Valor recipient, will share his real-life experiences related to the Vietnam War.
Veterans Day Observance
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the Purdue Northwest observance begins with an 8 a.m. flag raising ceremony, dedicated to the 1638th Transportation Unit, outside the west entrance of Lawshe Hall (Woodmar Avenue north of 173rd Street). This unit, stationed east of campus on 173rd Street, recently returned from a tour of duty in the Middle East.
Pat O’Donnell, who served with the 173rd Parachute Division of the Army and is one of the radio hosts for the ‘Veterans Views’ radio show on WJOB (1230-AM), will provide commentary during this event.
Subsequently, a group of enlisted and veteran comedians known as Stars and Gripes will perform at 10 a.m. in Alumni Hall on the third floor of the Student Union & Library. Stars and Gripes has performed at Second City and around the country, depicting humor about themselves in the military. Their entertainment relates to anyone who has served in the military and those who have family members who have served.
“The uniqueness of this year’s program is two-fold, based first on tradition and then on comedic relief,” according to Purdue Northwest’s From Boots to Books Assistant Director Akili Shakur.
“First, we continue to honor traditionally those who have served our nation with our flag raising ceremony,” Shakur said. “While we honor those individuals with tradition, we are also reaching out to a different type of veteran/enlisted member. We never want to forget, but we have to embrace the here and now, and comedy helps us keep things in perspective.”
Free and open to community
All Veterans Day Celebration events are free and open to the community.
Purdue University Northwest is located three miles east of the Indiana-Illinois state line off Interstate 80/94, one-third mile north on Indianapolis Boulevard to 173rd Street and three blocks east. To attend the Convocation and access free parking at the Student Union & Library, continue east on 173rd Street to the traffic light and turn left/north. More information can be obtained by phoning 219/989-2727.
From Boots to Books: The Veterans and Student Service Members Academic Support Program provides support/service designed to increase the likelihood of veterans and student service members completing their educational goals. The program serves more than 200 veterans, enlisted personnel and their family members.