November 10, 2009

Case Western Reserve Pays Tribute to Those Who Have Served on Veterans Day


In honor of the men and women who've served the United States through military service, the Binary Walkway, which serves as the gateway to the Case Western Reserve University campus at Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road, will be lined with flags and signs on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The university's tribute will include a display of American flags, as well as flags representing each branch of the U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard. There also will be POW-MIA flags paying tribute to the men and women who were either Prisoners of War or Missing in Action during military conflicts. In addition to the flags, the walkway will be lined with signs featuring statistics about America‚Äôs veterans.

"We hope that members of our campus community will pause to remember the men and women who have served our country," says James Eller, associate director of academic resources in the Educational Services for Students. Eller and a team of people are coordinating the university's Veterans Day tribute on the Binary Walkway. "We hope the display reminds all of us to take a minute to call our family and friends, or to visit faculty, staff or students who have served in the military and thank them for their service."

The university's other Veterans Day observances will include:

Honoring America's Armed Forces–Kelvin Smith Library Exhibit Cases

Flags from WWI and WWII, folded 13 times on 13 triangles and representing the original 13 colonies, are among the items in Kelvin Smith Library's (KSL) current Special Collections Exhibit Cases in the library lobby. Like the tri-cornered hats worn by the American Revolution patriots fighting for future generations' freedoms, the triangular-folded flags honor the country's armed forces past and present.

Karen Oye, head of customer service at KSL, says other exhibit cases include medals and ribbons, including a Bronze Star, fragments of Civil War documents, a copy of an Abraham Lincoln endorsement (original in the Special Collections Department), other original documents, and troop photos from the 1800s and 1900s. Photos and items highlight those who served, including the WWII Army Nurse Corps, and books and photos of Native American and African-American soldiers in WWII.

Jill Tatem, university archivist, says the institution's military history starts with the Civil War. Learn more:

Basic facts about Adelbert Gym, which served as an armory when it was Adelbert College, are available online.

Military housing, especially the Blackacre Trailer Camp, is described on the following Web pages:

Other barracks:

A few facts about the university's military history are available on the following Web sites:

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, November 10, 2009 01:41 PM | News Topics: Events, features, news

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