Groundbreaking to Kick Off Military Appreciation Weekend at WTAMU

Nov. 6, 2017

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Groundbreaking to Kick Off Military Appreciation Weekend at WTAMU


CANYON, Texas—A special groundbreaking ceremony Friday, Nov. 10 will kick off Military Appreciation Weekend at West Texas A&M University with a full calendar of activities designed to honor and recognize the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

University officials and representatives of the armed forces along with Gold Star families, community members and dignitaries from state and local governments will gather at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10 on Old Main’s southeast lawn to help break ground for a WTAMU Veterans War Memorial. When completed, the memorial will feature five benches dedicated to the five military branches—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard—with flag poles and granite tablets engraved with the names of the University’s fallen veterans.

The University has a rich tradition of supporting the men and women in each branch of the military. Many from the WTAMU community have died while serving their country, and the memorial will honor their sacrifice. The names of the University’s fallen veterans engraved on the tablets will include seven from World War I, 54 from World War II, three from Korea, 23 from Vietnam and one during the Gulf War.

The WTAMU Veterans War Memorial is expected to be completed by May 2018 for a Memorial Day ribbon cutting.

WTAMU’s special weekend will continue on Saturday, Nov. 11 with an Armistice Day program at 11 a.m. at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. The event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the country’s entry into World War I and supports the museum’s exhibitions World War 1: The Great War and the Panhandle-Plains Region, Doughboys and Home Folks and A Picture from Home: Snapshots from the Great War on the Plains.

The weekend’s activities continue with a Military Appreciation Game at 1 p.m. with the Buffs vs. Western New Mexico at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium. The game is sponsored by Carpet Tech, and those with a military ID will be admitted free of charge to the game.

Military Appreciation Weekend activities at WTAMU will close out that evening with the University’s fifth annual Military Veterans Ball in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall. The ball, a community celebration of service and scholarship, begins with a 5 p.m. cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

The evening will include the traditional presentation of colors, roll call, live and silent actions and dancing to the music of Insufficient Funds.  Plus, WTAMU alumnus Stephen Tamm, coordinator of veteran’s services at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, will be the featured guest speaker. Tickets can be purchased at or at the information desk in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center.


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