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CSU, Chico Will Honor Veterans on Wednesday and Saturday

A basket filled with brightly colored buttons sits on a table at Chico State. The buttons say, "We Love Our Veterans."
Jason Halley / University Photographer

Student veterans, as well as veterans in the community, are honored for their dedication and service to the country during the Honoring Our Veterans event on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 in Chico, Calif. (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

In an event recognizing veterans in the campus and greater Chico community, California State University, Chico will hold its annual Honoring Our Veterans celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Colusa Hall, Room 100A. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and the hour-long ceremony will start at 11 a.m.

U.S. Air Force veteran Larry Langwell, coordinator of CSU, Chico’s Office of Veterans Affairs, will be the program’s master of ceremonies. This free event is open to the public and is sponsored by the University’s Office of Veterans Affairs and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO).

After a welcome by Langwell (Construction Management, ’96; MA, Business Administration, ’15), the Chico Veterans Honor Guard will provide the Presentation of Colors, led by Commander Gary Imhoff. The Pledge of Allegiance will follow, as will the National Anthem, performed by the University’s Low Brass Ensemble and led by director and U.S. Army veteran Lloyd Roby.

Reflections will be offered by mechanical engineering major, U.S. Army veteran, and current SVO president David Benjamin, and U.S. Army veteran and CSU, Chico political science lecturer John Crosby (MA, Political Science, ’06).

Other speakers include U.S. Air Force veteran Donna Humphrey (MA, Education, ‘18), and U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Army veteran and communications major Keith Holden.

U.S. Navy veteran and Executive Director of Facilities Management and Services Mike Guzzi (Civil Engineering, ’02) will perform a special cake-cutting ceremony, followed by closing remarks by Langwell.

In addition to Wednesday’s event, the second annual Facilities Management and Services Veterans Day 5K Hoorah Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8 a.m., beginning in front of Kendall Hall on the University campus. The race is a fundraiser to support scholarships for student veterans.

CSU, Chico continues to build on its proud history as a veteran-friendly campus. Earlier this year, Victory Media Inc. recognized the University with a bronze award in its 2018 edition of the Military Friendly Schools list, which honors colleges, universities and trade schools that exceed its benchmark standards and commitment to embracing America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students pursue success on campus. It was the seventh time CSU, Chico was named to the list.

Additionally, GI Jobs listed the University on its Military Friendly list for the ninth straight year, including Chico State as one of only six CSU campuses among 827 total campuses ranked from around the world.

For more information on Honoring Our Veterans, please visit Veterans Affairs at or call 530-898-5911.

Those who require an accommodation in order to attend Honoring Our Veterans or the Veterans Day 5K Hoorah Run/Walk or who have questions about accessibility may contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.