Veterans Week to celebrate past and current soldiers


Chris Jorgensen/Iowa State Daily

The national anthem is played as the colors are presented by Iowa State ROTC members at the Gold Star ceremony on Nov. 6. The ceremony is held each year in observation of Veteran’s Day. Four veterans were honored at the event: World War II serviceman Robert Geoffroy as well as Vietnam servicemen Wheeler Brooks, Jeffrey Krommenhoek and James McGough.

Sara Petersen

In celebration of Veteran’s Day on Sunday, Iowa State will be hosting events throughout the week to honor past and current soldiers.

Veterans Week, which is promoted and supported by the Iowa State University Veterans Center, runs from Monday to Thursday. These events are open to all Iowa State University students and to the public.

The most popular event of this week is the Gold Star Hall Memorial Service, which will be held on Monday at 3:15 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

This event chooses several fallen Iowa State alumni to honor and respect who had served our country. This year’s fallen service members are William “Howard” Butler, Robert Wayne Rannells and Richard Wayne Suesens.

All three of these members served in World War II. Photos, memorabilia and personal stories of these fallen Iowa State students will be shared on Monday.

This year’s Gold Star Hall Memorial Service also celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I and the 90-year anniversary of the Memorial Union.

On Tuesday night, the Ames Public Library will be hosting a free showing of the movie “Megan Leavey,” which is a movie based on the true story of a young Marine corporal who saved many lives during her deployment in Iraq. The movie will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday night will consist of a dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. The dinner will honor veterans and their families, and community members and students are invited and encouraged to attend. The dinner will be held in the Great Hall of the Iowa State Memorial Union.