UIU Veterans Day program November 12
FAYETTE, Iowa (November 5, 2018) – Upper Iowa University cordially invites the public to attend its annual Veterans Day program on Monday, November 12. UIU alumnus and Iowa Army National Guard Major Philip Turner ’08 will serve as guest speaker. Turner is a veteran of Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom and currently serves as the National Guard education service officer.
To coincide with the Veterans Day program, the University is recognizing the Eternal Flame for Peace at Fayette Campus. The Eternal Flame for Peace was originally installed on the west side of UIU’s Garbee Hall in May 1971 in honor of former UIU faculty member Frank Jones. The memorial was recently relocated from the west side of UIU’s Garbee Hall to the Reflective Tribute Veterans Memorial at Fayette Campus.
According to University Archives, Frank Jones began serving as a professor of English and philosophy at UIU in 1958. Prior to his arrival at Fayette Campus, Jones started out as a Broadway actor. A native of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, he appeared in the original cast of “Student Prince” and Irving Berlin’s “Music Box Review,” and played the title role in “Manhattan Mayor.” Jones served nearly 10 years in the Army, including service in a World War II cavalry division. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College in the 1950s.
With over 25 years of active service in veterans’ groups, the popular faculty member was recognized by the Campus Veterans Club in the 1971 ceremony outside of Garbee Hall by having the Eternal Flame for Peace lit in his name. Jones was further honored by lighting the flame himself.
UIU President William R. Duffy will provide the welcome address during the 2018 Veterans Day program, which is scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Student Center ballrooms at UIU’s Fayette Campus. Fayette American Legion Post 339 will present the colors. Billy Noecker, a U.S. Navy veteran and UIU Student Veteran’s Club president, will serve as master of ceremonies. The senior from Waukon, Iowa, is majoring in elementary education.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit uiu.edu.