The Commerce Journal

November 11, 2012

Annual Veterans Vigil to honor United States Air Force

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — The United States Air Force is turning 65 this year, and Texas A&M University-Commerce will be honoring that accomplishment during the 21st Annual Veterans Vigil.

Jill Mobley, advising assistant for A&M-Commerce, said the vigil is held to honor all veterans.

“The point of the vigil is to honor veterans, past and present,” she said. “We light the flame on campus and students guard the flame in honor of their service.”

According to Mobley, the vigil is also a call to remember the price that was paid for freedom.

“It’s good to remember the rights we have,” she said. “They have been provided to us by their willingness to sacrifice for their country.”

The Vigil will begin with congressman Mike Conway speaking during the ROTC Reunion on Saturday, at 6 p.m.

Conway is serving his fourth term, representing the 11th Congressional District of Texas. He is a graduate of A&M-Commerce, obtaining his BBA in Accounting in 1970. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for students.

Monday through Wednesday will be full of activities to participate in, with four on both Monday and Tuesday, and the opening of the Veteran’s Lounge in the Ferguson Social Science Building from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Monday will begin with a Veterans Vigil Reception in the Rayburn Student Center Pre-Function area at 9:30 a.m.

Ted Oats, Lt. Col. USAFR, (Ret.) will be the keynote speaker, honoring the 65th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will end at 11 a.m. in the Raybern Student Center Conference Rooms.

Students will be able to hear the sound of jets booming through the air on campus at 11 a.m. during the Military Fly-by being held between the Science Building and Rayburn Student Center.

The final event for Monday will be held at 7 p.m. with an Aubrey Lynn & Yellow Rose Concert, sponsored by Ben E. Keith, at the Amphitheater on campus.

Tuesday’s events will begin with a Veterans Benefit & Job Fair at the Rayburn Student Center Conference Rooms from 9 to 11 a.m.

A 5K Run sponsored by the Student Veteran Association and Walking mall will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

At 4:30, the closing ceremonies will be performed The University Chorale.

Running all day will be the Chili’s Give Back Day on 7099 Interstate 30 in Greenville.

The Veterans Vigil will end on Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. with a Veterans Appreciation Ball in the Rayburn Student Center Conference Rooms. The event will be sponsored by the Student Veteran Association.

Tickets for the events must be purchased in advance.

For more information on the Veterans Vigil or activities, contact Jessica Gosset at or 903-886-5069.