6,305: Volunteers to read list of soldiers killed in Iraq, Afghanistan

Fernanda Chamorro/Sun Star Reporter
Nov. 8, 2011

The Remembrance Day National Roll Call will honor the servicemen who died in combat in Afghanistan or Iraq during the last decade.

On Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, 175 schools around the nation will read the name of every man and woman who sacrificed his or her life during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), now called Operation New Dawn.

At least one school from each of the 50 states and Washington D.C. will  participate, including the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).

Speakers at UAF will read 6,305 names. The event still seeks volunteers. Anyone is welcome to read the names, including students, faculty members, veterans, active duty personnel and community members. Each volunteer will take 15 minutes to read a list of approximately 200 names. There will be a warm place set up for the volunteers with coffee, cocoa and light snacks.

The roll call will open at 8 a.m. outside of Constitution Hall and will continue nonstop until around 5:05 p.m. once all of the names have been called. Everyone is welcome to come.

There will be several other activities taking place, including a rifle salute by the Army National Guard, a flag ceremony by ROTC and a synchronized nationwide “Minute of Silence” at 10 a.m. AST.

The list of fallen men and women was taken from iCasualties.org. The Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education nationally sponsors the event.

The following is a timeline of the event:

  • ROTC Capt. Cramer will make the opening remarks at 8 a.m.
  • Lydia Graf will sing the National Anthem around 8:12 a.m.
  • UAF ROTC posting of the colors will take place at 8:15 a.m.
  • The roll call will officially begin at 8:30 a.m.
  • A speaker will present at 9:45 a.m.
  • The simultaneous nationwide “minute of silence” will happen at 10:00 a.m.
  • At 10:01 a.m., the reading of OEF/OIF casualty names will continue.
  • Amy Horstman will sing Amazing Grace at 4 p.m.
  • Vice Chancellor Mike Sfraga will say the closing remarks afterward.
  • Then, the reading of names will continue until the last one is called.

Finally, the Army National Guard will hold a rifle salute, sound the TAPS, which is the U.S. military piece generally played on the trumpet or bugle during flag ceremonies or funerals to indicate “lights out,” and retire the colors to end the event.

For more information or to participate in the reading, visit www.facebook.com/uafva.

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