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Roll call of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan to be read at MSU on Nov. 11

November 1, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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The names of more than 6,200 service men and women who died in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past 10 years will be read aloud in the Leigh Lounge of Montana State University's Strand Union Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Veteran's Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

The reading is part of the Remembrance Day National Roll Call, a nationwide grass-roots effort to honor American service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan since the 9-11 attacks. The reading is open to the public and will be streamed live on the MSU website at http://www.montana.edu/veteransrollcall/

As part of the roll call, volunteers at more than 175 colleges and universities from all 50 states will read the names of casualties from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF), now called Operation New Dawn.

Each campus participating in Remembrance Day National Roll Call will observe a simultaneous nationwide minute of silence at 11 a.m. PST (Noon, MST). The reading of the names is expected to take nearly eight hours. A Remembrance Ceremony will be conducted from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., with keynote speaker, Sen. Jon Tester.

The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is sponsored nationally by the Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPA is a 12,000-member association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of student affairs professionals. The Veterans Knowledge Community (VKC) mission is to advocate for best practices to help student veteran's transition to college and succeed. As the National Roll Call sponsor, the goal of VKC is to have at least one institution in each of the 50 states participate in the event.

"We wanted to rally campus communities across the nation to send a powerful message to the troops currently serving that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen," said Lt. Col. Brett Morris, the National Roll Call coordinator.

"The reading of individual names is very poignant because it emphasizes the significance of each and every life lost," said Morris, a retired Army officer and the associate director for veterans affairs at Eastern Kentucky University. "Like the names inscribed at the new 9-11 Memorial in New York, each of the fallen deserve to be remembered for their sacrifice. There is no effort to raise money or promote individual programs. The event is simply to honor those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf."

The National Roll Call is grateful to iCasualties.org for the recording of the U.S. casualties during the past 10 years, from which the list has been derived.

For information about the MSU Roll Call events, or to volunteer to read, contact Brenda York at 994-2824 or email byork@montana.edu or the MSU Office of Community Involvement at 994-6902 or email community@montana.edu.

For more information about the National Roll Call effort, email remembrancerollcall@gmail.com or visit www.va.eku.edu/rollcall to see a list of participating schools.

Contact: Brenda York, 994-2824, byork@montana.edu; MSU Office of Community Involvement, 994-6902, community@montana.edu.