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Veterans Day National Roll Call is Nov. 11

National Roll Call: Names of deceased servicemen, women.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [10-28-11]

Volunteers will read the names of 6,200 American servicemen and women who died in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past decade during a National Roll Call event at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

The event, to honor American service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the two conflicts, is part of the nationwide Remembrance Day roll call. The reading will start at 8:05 a.m. and will continue until 5:30 p.m.

At noon in the Lincoln Lounge of Centennial Student Union, Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joel R. Stephenson, Military Science Department chair, will give welcoming remarks, and a moment of silence will be observed at 1 p.m.

During the day-long reading, campus and community members may write messages on banners to men and women who are currently deployed. In addition, the Minnesota State Mankato Veterans Club will host a Care Package Drive.

The event is hosted by the university’s Nontraditional Students Office, which seeks campus and community veteran and other volunteers to read names for 10 minutes at a time. Veterans and current service members have volunteered, but the office needs more readers.

Minnesota State Mankato is one of more than 145 schools nationwide participating in the event.

Those who want more information may contact Ashley Strom in Minnesota State Mankato’s Nontraditional Students Office at or (507) 389-5205. Those who want more information about the national event may go to

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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