Name: Jennifer Burt
Throughout American history, our nation has depended on the brave men and women of the military to protect democracy, freedom and liberty. Joining with the rest of the nation, Southern Utah University and Cedar City are proud to honor local veterans at the annual Veterans Day Celebration this November 11, at 11 a.m. in the Randall L. Jones Theatre.
Organizers want to emphasize the change in venue, as the event has been held in the SUU Ballroom for several years..
This year’s event will spotlight three local veterans: SUU student James Redhouse, SUU alum Roy “Pug” Urie, and community member Ed Hahne.
Redhouse, an Army cannon crewmember, was awarded the Purple Heart after he was injured by shrapnel from an enemy mortar that exploded only ten feet from where he was standing. He is currently pursuing an engineering degree.
Urie served during World War II as a Navy Seabee, a branch of the Navy dedicated to building bases, airstrips and roads for military use. Urie has also served in several different positions of leadership in the community and state for decades.
As a member of the 89th Light Infantry Division of the Army, Hahne fought against Hitler’s forces across the war-torn cities of Germany. He freed prisoners held in Nazi slave camps and helped bring an American Christmas to starving Austrian children in Linz, Austria.
In addition to the formal festivities to recognize these special patriots, local school children will also present artwork they have created to honor and thank the nation’s heroes.
The Cedar High School band will provide music for the event.
The event is open to all who wish to join in recognition of the many sacrifices of our service men and women.
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