CSUN honors veterans with National Roll Call

Jazzmyne Bogard

Veterans are being honored in a new way on campus through the Veteran’s Day Celebration presented by the Veterans Resource Center and University Student Union (USU).

The ceremony will begin with the CSUN ROTC color guard memorial followed by a moment of silence and something never done on the CSUN campus.

“We’re starting what we hope will be a new tradition and having CSUN’s first National Roll Call,” said Jorge Reyes, USU event coordinator.

Hugo Valencia, a CSUN student that is an active member of the army, will be speaking at the event describing displays, informing people in attendance what a National Roll Call is then conducting the ceremony.

“The National Roll Call will name 743 Californian military members that have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan war. The event is surrounded around this new roll call,” said Claudio Caldarescu supervisor at the Veterans Resource Center.

The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Plaza Del Sol at the USU. According to Reyes, following the ceremony will be food and students can check out the letters to veterans station, create bracelets at the craft corner, and remember a loved one with a flag.

“The flags on the Sierra lawn are in memory of those 743 California veterans, names of veterans are written on all of the flags but anyone can write a loved one on a flag and put them on the lawn as well,” Caldarescu said.

This event honors all Californians in various branches of military that have served and died from Sept 11, 2001.