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Veterans Day is November 11 and Iowa State University has a lot in store to honor Veterans next week .
 
Monday will kick off with the Gold Star Hall Ceremony at 3:15 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. The ceremony honors Iowa State students who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving the country. This year, four of the fallen whose names are carved into the walls of Gold Star Hall will have their stories shared.

The 4th Annual Community Supper will take place next Wednesday from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to recognize the service and sacrifice of Veterans and their families. Dr. James Wright, a Marine Veteran and retired president of Dartmouth College, will serve as the honored guest.  
 
Dr. Wright will also present a lecture on "Enduring Vietnam" on November 10 at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall. Dr. Wright was a leader in the establishment of an educational counseling program for wounded U.S. Veterans offered through the American Council on Education. He also worked with several U.S. Senators to double college benefits for troops and Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
 
On Veterans Day, the men's basketball team will tip-off the season at 7 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum. Cyclone fans are showing gratitude by donating their tickets for the game to Veterans. Iowa State Athletics, in partnership with the Iowa State Veterans Center, has additional special events planned throughout the game. 
 
The Veterans Center  strives to strengthen the lives of Veterans, military personnel, and their families. The center helps with challenges associated with transitioning into a university setting, and organizes programs to ensure they are on a path to educational success.
 
Attributing to the center's accomplishments, Iowa State University has recently been named a 2017 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, 2017 Best for Vets College by Military Times, and a Top School in the 2017 Guide to Colleges & Universities by Military Advanced Education & Transition.
 
Did you know? There are currently 622 Veterans enrolled at Iowa State. Of student Veterans, 78% are Iowa residents. 

The Metcalf family gathers in Gold Star Hall. Reagan J. Metcalf is a graduate of ISU, former  Navy Petty Officer, and retired from the Army National Guard.
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