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Event Briefs

For immediate use

Nov. 5, 2007

Public invited to UNC’s annual Veterans Day ceremony

More than 100 ROTC midshipmen and cadets will assemble in dress uniforms at noon Friday (Nov. 9) for the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Brig. Gen. Margaret C. Wilmoth will speak at the free public event inside the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish at 218 Pittsboro St. Wilmoth commands the Army’s 332nd medical brigade and is a nursing professor at UNC-Charlotte.

Veterans of foreign wars dating to World War II are expected to attend. All will be asked to stand and be recognized. Attendees are invited to a reception after the ceremony.

Limited parking will be available at the Carolina Inn. Attendees should tell inn valets that they have come to campus for the Veterans Day ceremony.

“It is a true honor for the ROTC programs to sponsor this event to honor the sacrifice of all veterans, past and present,” said Maj. E. Scott Walton, assistant professor of military science at UNC. “It also is important for the cadets and midshipmen to understand the importance of their service to the nation and serving something larger than themselves.”

The Army ROTC Unit will sponsor this year’s ceremony. Additional sponsors will be the UNC College of Arts and Sciences and its curriculum in peace, war and defense. UNC also is home to Air Force and Navy ROTC units.

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, call the UNC military science department at (919) 962-5546.

Army ROTC Web site:

Military science department contact: Maj. E. Scott Walton, (919) 962-5546,


UNC at war topic of Wilson Library exhibit

The impact of the Civil and World Wars on UNC will be the topic of a free public exhibit opening and a talk on Nov. 13, just after Veteran’s Day, in Wilson Library’s Manuscripts Department.

The exhibit, “A Nursery of Patriotism: The University at War, 1861-1945” will use more than 150 letters, documents, photographs and publications to explore the university’s contributions to and involvement in the conflicts. The exhibit will be free to the public through Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

University Archivist Janis Holder, one of the exhibit curators, will speak at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 13 on “Words Can Do Little: Spike Saunders’ World War II Correspondence.”
The late J. Maryon “Spike” Saunders, executive secretary of the General Alumni Association of UNC during the war, worked to document the military activities of alumni and keep them and their families connected with Chapel Hill. A reception and exhibit viewing will begin at 5 p.m.

Holder said the exhibit aims to tell the university’s story in part by following individuals including Ruffin Thomson of Hinds County, Miss., who attended UNC from 1859 to 1861, then joined the 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. On exhibit will be a letter in which Thomson describes the campus at the start of the war; a detail of his regiment’s muster roll bearing his name; his 1864 military promotion letter to the Confederate Marine Corps; and an excerpt from the “University of North Carolina Record,” which conferred degrees on Thomson and other military alumni in 1911.

Other items will include a 1917 pamphlet by UNC faculty titled “Why We Are at War with Germany”; a 1943 Christmas card mailed to Spike Saunders from Guadalcanal; and photos and documents illustrating wartime life on campus. The exhibit also will present items showing dissenting opinions, such as opposition to the draft and to the large military presence on campus during World War II.

For more information about “A Nursery of Patriotism,” call (919) 962-1345; for information on the Nov. 13 program, call Liza Terll at (919) 962-4207.

Library contact: Judith Panitch, (919) 962-1301,


Different drummers coming to UNC on Nov. 15

The martial arts, movement and music will combine on Nov. 15 when Triangle Taiko gives a free public performance of Japanese drumming at 7 p.m. in UNC’s FedEx Global Education Center.

Historically, Japanese villages used taiko to let residents know of impending storms, the start of a harvest or a command in battle. Triangle Taiko is the only group in North Carolina that performs the highly visual, high-energy art.

The event will be one of many at the center to promote understanding of foreign cultures, including talks, dancing, exhibits and film.

“As UNC strives to become a truly global university, we are increasingly sending students and faculty all over the world to study, do research and perform public service,” said Marjorie Crowell, assistant provost for international affairs. “Equally important to our international commitment is bringing the world to UNC.”

Parking will be available in a deck under the center and a small lot behind it. Both are accessed from the south side of McCauley Street between South Columbia and Pittsboro streets. The center is at the corner of McCauley and Pittsboro. For more information, call (919) 962-2435.

FedEx Global Education Center Web site:

FedEx Global Education Center contact: Laura Griest, (919) 962-0318,
News Services contact: LJ Toler, (919) 962-8589