» By CONOR SCRUTON – cscruton@my.apsu.edu

To celebrate this year’s Veterans Day, the APSU College Republicans and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity will be hosting a dinner for the Clarksville Veterans of Foreign Wars on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in MUC room 305. Event tickets are $30 and can be bought from College Republican members or at the door.

The fee also covers a hot meal, with all proceeds being donated to local VFW chapters. The organizations will also be accepting toy donations for children — within a $20 limit — which will be distributed to needy boys and girls in the Clarksville community during the upcoming holiday season.

College Republican member, Jacob Winters, said the dinner is being hosted “to honor our armed servicemen veterans [and] to show our appreciation for their past and present efforts to our country.” The event will feature speakers from the College Republicans, Sigma Phi Epsilon, the VFW and other organizations.

This year, APSU’s campuses will close on Friday, Nov. 11, to honor the military during Veterans Day. The university has participated in various events honoring veterans this year including the 19th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Veterans Day Parade and a joint Veterans Day ceremony at Fort Campbell.

Veterans Day was originally observed to honor veterans of World War I and to celebrate the anniversary of the end of the war. Now, in its 92nd year, the federal holiday pays tribute to all U.S. veterans. APSU students have a proud tradition of honoring their country’s veterans and those from their community, and the VFW dinner is a great opportunity to give back to the men and women who have served our nation.

For more information on acquiring tickets to the event, contact a member of the College Republicans or call (931) 320-6226. TAS