SOUTHFIELD,Mich. – Lawrence Technological University will honor all military veterans with an honor tree ceremony, Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Buell Management Building atrium, 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield. The program is free and open to the public.
Anyone who would like to honor a veteran can place a ribbon with the veteran’s name on Lawrence Tech’s veterans honor tree. There will be yellow ribbons to signify military service, purple ribbons to signify active military service, blue ribbons to signify an LTU veteran, black ribbons to signify POW or MIA veterans, and white ribbons for those who lost their lives in military service.
Following the ceremony, veterans are invited to a free lunch in Lawrence Tech’s cafeteria, which is also in the Buell Management Building.
President Lewis Walker, who will host the celebration, noted that Veterans Day was established to honor all veterans, while Memorial Day in May honors Americans who have lost their lives in service to the country.
“In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country,” Walker said. “Nov. 11 of each year is the day that we let veterans know how deeply we appreciate the sacrifices they have made in their lives to keep our country free.”
Norma Julka, LTU’s veterans affairs coordinator and financial aid coordinator, noted that many staff members and students at Lawrence Tech have served in the military, including students who have recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“This is just to let the students know that they may be sitting next to a veteran in class. And they need that support, that acknowledgement. My husband is a Vietnam vet, so I know what they’re going through. It’s just a little thank you,” she said.
Lawrence Tech has been named to the Military Friendly Schools list for 2012 compiled by G.I. Jobs magazine. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.