KU News Release

Nov. 9, 2011
Contact: Heather Anderson, Dole Institute of Politics, 785-864-1422

Public invited to 'A Tribute to Veterans: USO Style'

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LAWRENCE — To honor the courageous service of Kansas men and women, the Dole Institute and KU ROTC will host a special salute to veterans, followed by music and dancing, in “A Tribute to Veterans: USO Style” on Sunday, Nov. 13.

The community is invited to come honor veterans and their families. The recognition program begins at 6 p.m., followed by music and dancing to the sounds of the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra until 8:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute.

“There is no greater sacrifice than serving one’s country,” said Barbara Ballard, associate director at the Dole Institute of Politics. “Honoring those who have fought for the safety of our nation is one of our greatest joys at the Dole Institute. We’re very excited to present this tribute to veterans and to give them an evening of fun and friends.”

Reservations are required. Interested parties must confirm their place by calling (785) 864-4900 or emailing doleinstitute@ku.edu by Thursday, Nov. 10.

‘“A Tribute to Veterans: USO Style’ is inspired by the United Service Organization clubs that many service men and women frequented, especially during World War II. These clubs were friendly and comfortable, a home-away-from-home at times. We hope this event will inspire that same feeling,” said Ballard.

In addition to “A Tribute to Veterans: USO Style,” the Dole Institute honors Kansas World War II veterans year-round through its Memory Project. The Memory Project invites submission of photographs of Kansas World War II veterans for inclusion in a digital kiosk that allows visitors to the Dole Institute to call up the photographs of more than 3,000 service members.

The digital kiosk was added in November 2003 to augment the Memory Wall, which hangs above the Dole Institute entrance and displays the photos of more than 900 Kansas veterans.

Photographs may be submitted via email to doleinstitute@ku.edu, via mail or in person. They should be sent to:
Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
University of Kansas
c/o Memory Wall
2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

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