Saint Mary to Honor Veterans at Spires Football Game

11/2/2012 12:00:00 AM

Spires Football Game 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 


(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary will continue its Veterans Day tradition of honoring the brave men and women who have served and our serving this country at the USM Spires home football game immediately preceding the Nov. 11 holiday. All veterans, active-duty military, and military family members are invited to attend the game free of charge.

The USM game is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at USM’s Football/Soccer Complex on the main campus in Leavenworth, 4100 South 4th Street. The Spires Football Team hosts Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Kansas Wesleyan University.

Prior to the start of the game, the Leavenworth High School Junior Army ROTC will be presenting the colors.

“This is a great way for Saint Mary to honor all veterans, active-duty military, and their dependents for their important service to this country,” said Carlton Philpot, assistant professor of business and USM’s veterans’ affairs coordinator. Philpot is also a retired U.S. Naval commander with 24 years of service to his record. “We want all veterans to know that we truly appreciate their sacrifices.”

USM will also honor the veterans, active-duty, and military families within its university community at a special thank you ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Mead Hall Walnut Room. Among the special guests in attendance at the event will be retired Lt. Gen. Robert Arter and Col. Michael Johnson, deputy to Brig. Gen. Skip Davis.

The university will also participate in Leavenworth’s Veterans Day parade on Nov. 12.

The University of Saint Mary is a VA Yellow Ribbon Program participant, and has been designated as a Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC). This past September, USM was also named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for the third consecutive year.

Contact Carlton Philpot at (913) 682-5151, ext. 6424, or visit www.stmary.edu/veterans for more information on the event and about the new post-9/11 GI Bill and other educational benefits available for veterans, active-duty, and their dependents.