Veterans Day, on Sunday, Nov. 11, marks a century since the end of World War I. Ceremonies on the Michigan Technological University Campus on Friday and Sunday pay tribute to those who have served through the ages.
At 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, a plaque will be unveiled near the north (campus side) of the Memorial Union Building entrance, with a moment of silence to honor students, alumni, faculty and staff who made the ultimate sacrifice.
At 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 11, the World War I & the Copper Country project will commemorate the Armistice of November 11, 1918 at the immersive trench constructed this fall at the corner of US-41 and MacInnes Drive. Guests, asked to gather by 10:50 a.m., will be welcomed with a bagpipe performance, and distribution of paper poppies—a symbol of remembrance. The commemoration begins at the 11th hour with synchronized bells that will ring for 30 seconds. The Michigan Tech Joint Color Guard of Air Force and Army ROTC cadets will present the colors. The program also includes a 21-gun salute by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Copper Ingot Post 4624 of Lake Linden-Hubbell and “Taps” played by local students. Departing guests will leave their poppies in the trench, which will be closed after the ceremony.
Refreshments are available in the Wadsworth Hall Annex before and after the commemoration. If the weather is inclement, the event will take place in the Wads Annex. Free parking will be available in any of the Michigan Tech lots directly opposite the trench on US-41.