May 26 Event to Honor America's Fallen Servicemen and Women
Anticipates Memorial Day; Remembers America's Casualties of War
On Thursday, May 26, The Evergreen State College will acknowledge the American soldiers, airmen and women, Marines and sailors who have died in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn by reading their names on the college's Red Square. The event, entitled The Readers Project: Honoring the Fallen will commence at 7:30 AM. It will continue until the name of every serviceman and woman who has been officially identified as a casualty (nearly 6,026 to date) has been read aloud. Readers will include Evergreen students, staff, and faculty, veterans, representatives of many faiths, the military and the community.
The memorial will take place without pomp or speeches in order to simply invite the community to remember and honor those who have sacrificed their lives in service to our country, and to provide an occasion to contemplate the profound losses families and communities are experiencing throughout the nation.
This event is being organized by The Veterans of Evergreen Transition and Success Team (VETS) of The Evergreen State College. The VETS Team is comprised of Evergreen staff, faculty and students.