Kent State to Honor Veterans on Nov. 7

Kent State University will hold its annual Veterans Day Commemoration at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Kent Student Center Kiva.

The program, Honoring All Those Who Serve, will include a flag-raising ceremony conducted by a joint color guard from the Army and Air Force ROTC programs on the Student Green at Risman Plaza at 10:45 a.m., the national anthem and the “Service Song Medley” performed by Corinne VanNatta, an invocation by Rev. John Schluep and remarks from Kent State President Todd Diacon.

Serving as master of ceremonies is N.J. Akbar, Ph.D. Akbar is an Army veteran who currently serves as assistant dean of University College at Kent State. He is responsible for the strategic academic success of students from limited income and racially diverse backgrounds who are first in their families to attend college.

This year’s guest speaker is Lt. Col. Colleen VanNatta. A graduate of Kent State’s Air Force ROTC detachment, VanNatta served as a media escort for joint information bureaus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, during Operation Desert Storm. She was also the first female public affairs officer for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

For additional information about the event and to view a livestream during the event, visit

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Media Contacts:
Eric Mansfield,, 330-672-2797
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595

POSTED: Thursday, October 31, 2019 09:56 AM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 09:22 AM
Joe Richardson