At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the time-honored tradition of the Veterans Day ceremony at Culver Academies will take place Saturday on the lakeside steps of the Legion Memorial Building.
The ceremony is open to the public. It will be shown online at this link.
The Veterans Day ceremony recognizes the sacrifices made by Culver alumni during times of war. Since 1924, Culver has recognized the sacrifices of American and Allied soldiers during World War I at 11 a.m. on November 11. The ceremony has changed very little since that original Legion Memorial Building dedication ceremony.
This year’s speaker is Col. Robert Curris ’88. In July 2015, Curris assumed the command of the 4th Military Information Support Group (Airborne), one of the United States Army’s active military information support operations units, with a total of approximately 800 soldiers. Col. Curris also assumed command of Psychological Operations at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School. His deployments include Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq (twice), Qatar (four times), Kuwait (twice), and Yemen.
His Awards and Badges include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NATO Medal, the National Defensive Service Medal, Afghanistan and Iraqi Campaign Medals; the Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist badge and Air Assault Badge.
He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) and a M.B.A. from Webster University. His professiona schools include the Field Artillery Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Service Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, U.S. Army War College (UNC Fellow), and U.S. Army Jumpmaster School.
During the ceremony, the Battery battalion will fire the school’s howitzers over Lake Maxinkuckee.