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DSU to host annual Veteran's Day ceremony

Dickinson State University will be hosting its annual Veteran's Day ceremony at DSU on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held in the Beck Auditorium at Klinefelter Hall and will open with the Advance of Colors by the 816th CO Col...

Dickinson State University will be hosting its annual Veteran's Day ceremony at DSU on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

The ceremony will be held in the Beck Auditorium at Klinefelter Hall and will open with the Advance of Colors by the 816th CO Color Guard. The Prairie Rose Chorus will perform the Star-Spangled Banner. Deacon and veteran Bob Stockert will conduct the invocation and introductory remarks will then be made by retired DSU Vice President Dr. Rich Brauhn, a veteran himself.

"It works out really well for us to have it at Dickinson State because it's a large venue and they've been kind enough to host this for us," Brauhn said in a phone interview. "It's a military friendly university."

DSU has traditionally provided programs and services for veterans over the years, Brauhn said, and in general he observed that western North Dakotans-and really the whole state-are very supportive of their service people.

"Dickinson and actually all of North Dakota is very military friendly. This state has had a very high percentage of citizens involved in the military," Brauhn said. "We have a lot of National Guardsmen in the area here, and a lot of veterans in general ... I think people recognize that veterans have served their country and community well and this is an opportunity to say 'thank you.'"

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Andrew Rohwedder, industrial education teacher at Richardton-Taylor High School, will read the Veteran's Day Address. Other musical selections for the ceremony will be performed by Prairie Rose Chorus. There will be a presentation in honor of Prisoners of War, Dr. Brauhn will read the poem "In Flanders Field" and Taps will be played by the Dickinson Veterans Honor Guard.

"It's a chance to have local veterans give an address. We always remember the Prisoners of War, the POW/MIA," Brauhn said. "Of course we have the firing of the rifle salute and Taps, it's kind of an emotional ceremony."

At the close of the ceremony the 816th CO Color Guard will retire the colors.

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