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Oct. 25, 2006 -- No. 508
Chuck Stone, former Tuskegee Airman,
to speak at UNC Veterans Day ceremony
CHAPEL HILL - More than 130 ROTC midshipmen and cadets will assemble in dress uniforms at noon on Nov. 10 for the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
World War II veteran and former Tuskegee Airman Chuck Stone, professor emeritus of journalism and mass communication at UNC, will speak at the free public ceremony. It will take place on the steps of the Morehead Building, facing McCorkle Place.
In the event of bad weather, the ceremony will be in Hill Hall Auditorium. Limited parking will be available in the Morehead lot off Franklin Street. Visitors also may park in Town of Chapel Hill pay lots on Rosemary Street. Attendees are invited to a reception after the ceremony.
Veterans of foreign wars dating to World War II are invited to attend. All will be asked to stand and be recognized. The UNC Brass Quintet will provide patriotic music, with a medley of service tunes.
"America was established on the principles of liberty, equal opportunity and justice for all," said Lt. Col. Mark Hubbard, commander of the UNC Air Force ROTC Unit and professor and chair of the aerospace studies department. "On Veterans Day, we recognize the men and women of our armed forces, including many North Carolinians, who have defended these values throughout our history.
"We are honored to have as our speaker this year Mr. Chuck Stone, who has fought for these principles throughout his life."
The Air Force ROTC Unit will sponsor this year's ceremony. UNC also is home to Army and Navy ROTC units. Additional sponsors will be the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, the curriculum in peace, war and defense and the student group Carolina Troop Supporters.
Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, falls on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the armistice signing by the Allies and the Germans in 1918 that ended World War I. For more information on the Tuskegee Airmen, a squad of black American aviators during World War II, visit: http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/airoverview.htm.
For more information about the ceremony, call the UNC Air Force ROTC office at (919) 962-2074.
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Aerospace studies department contact: Maj. Rob Schmoldt, (919) 962-2074,
News Services contact: LJ Toler, (919) 962-8589