National Roll Call remembrance Nov. 11

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National Roll Call remembrance Nov. 11

Nebraska's Memorial Stadium was built in the 1920s as a memorial to those who served in World War I. The university will celebrate a new WWI memorial in the stadium's east concourse on Nov. 11.
Craig Chandler | University Communication

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln will join campuses nationwide in a moment of silence at 1 p.m. on Veterans Day, as they honor American men and women who died in service to their country.

The moment of silence is part of National Roll Call 2020, a Veterans Day remembrance. The university will participate in National Roll Call with an event beginning at 12:45 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Platte River Room in Nebraska Union.

This year, ROTC is doing a POW/MIA ceremony before the National Roll Call, beginning at 12:30 at the same location. That ceremony can be viewed using the same Zoom address.

The events are free and open to the public, and guests have two options to participate. They can join through Zoom or attend in person, but there will be limited seating and guests must follow campus COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing.

The National Roll Call will begin with the presentation of the colors, followed by a moment of silence. Volunteers then will read the names of nearly 5,000 Nebraskans who have perished in wars since World War I. Readers include students, faculty, staff, veterans, members of the ROTC, active duty military and dependents. The reading is expected to last a little more than four hours.

National Roll Call is a grassroots remembrance and observance carried out by colleges and universities across the United States. This is the eighth year Nebraska has participated. The Nebraska event is sponsored by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Military and Veterans Success Center.

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