UMUC to Honor Fallen Soldiers as Part of National Remembrance Roll Call

Volunteers will read the names of more than 6,300 fallen soldiers—casualties of post 9/11 conflicts—this Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the UMUC Academic Center at Largo.


By Ashley Boarman (aboarman@mghus.com) |   November 3, 2011

ADELPHI, MD (November 3, 2011)—UMUC has joined a nationwide grassroots effort to honor American servicemembers who paid the ultimate price in Iraq and Afghanistan in the 10 years following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. On Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, campus and community volunteers at more than 100 colleges and universities across the nation will read the names of the 6,300-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (now Operation New Dawn). UMUC is one of only two Maryland schools to participate.

“UMUC is proud to honor the brave men and women of our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks,” said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. “The Remembrance Day National Roll Call offers an opportunity for us to show our gratitude for their sacrifice and to demonstrate our solidarity in support of the friends and loved ones left behind.”

Each campus participating in Remembrance Day National Roll Call has organized its own reading of names, and at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST, all will observe a simultaneous minute of silence. Currently, more than 175 schools in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, have agreed to participate in the Roll Call event. UMUC’s reading will take place at the Academic Center at Largo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include special remarks from Greg von Lehmen, UMUC provost, and James Selbe, vice president, UMUC Department of Military Operations. The chronological reading of the names is expected to take almost eight hours to complete.

The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is sponsored nationally by the Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPA is a 12,000-member association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of student affairs professionals. The Veterans Knowledge Community (VKC) mission is to advocate for best practices to help student veterans transition to college and succeed. As the National Roll Call sponsor, the goal of VKC is to have at least one institution in each of the 50 states participate in the event.

Lt. Col. Brett Morris (U.S. Army, Ret.), the National Roll Call coordinator, said, “We wanted to rally campus communities across the nation to send a powerful message to the troops currently serving that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen.”

“The reading of individual names is very poignant because it emphasizes the significance of each and every life lost,” said Morris, who serves as associate director for veterans affairs at Eastern Kentucky University. “Like the names inscribed at the new 9/11 Memorial in New York, each of the fallen deserves to be remembered for their sacrifice. There is no effort to raise money or promote individual programs. The event is simply to honor those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf.”

The National Roll Call is grateful to icasualties.org for the steadfast recording of the fallen over the past 10 years, from which the lists of names have been derived.

For more information about UMUC's Roll Call events, visit military.umuc.edu/remembrancerollcall/. For more information about the National Roll Call effort, contact Brett Morris at remembrancerollcall@gmail.com or visit va.eku.edu/rollcall to see a list of participating schools.