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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis, Office:817-272-3317, Cell:214-577-9094, blewis@uta.edu

The University of Texas at Arlington will salute its more than 1,200 military veterans during a week of special events that includes a celebration featuring alumnus retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks.

All UT Arlington student, faculty and staff veterans who have served in the U.S. military or are on active duty are invited to attend “A Celebration of Service” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the E. H. Hereford University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. The event will include presentations, refreshments, a flag ceremony, music and more.

Franks retired from active duty in 2003 as the commander of the U.S. Central Command. He led the attack on the Taliban in Afghanistan in response to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2011. He also led the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein.

President James D. Spaniolo will welcome participants with Rick Lynch, a retired Army lieutenant general who is the executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute.

“UT Arlington is proud of its rich history as a one-time military academy, and we are honored by our military veterans who choose to pursue their education and careers here,” Spaniolo said. “This event will recognize the heroes who study, teach and work on our campus every day.”

Lynch said, “The freedoms we enjoy today are the freedoms that these veterans have provided us. We celebrate them.”

UT Arlington Veterans should RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 31, to 817-272-5300 or specialevents@uta.edu.

The week’s events also included:

  • Morning Colors, 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, UT Arlington Library Mall, 702 Planetarium Place. The ROTC will raise the American, Texas and University flags to a rendition of Reveille.
  • Day of Remembrance, 12:20 p.m. Nov. 8, UT Arlington Library Mall, 702 Planetarium Place. A rendition of “Taps” will be played and members of the Student Veterans Advisory Council will sell refreshments to help raise funds for the Student Veterans Organization.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,200 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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