IU Southeast, Duke Energy to honor military heroes with Veterans Day events

8th November 2019
Chancellor Ray Wallace speaks at the 2018 Veterans Day Luncheon.

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – For those who have risked their lives for our freedom, Indiana University Southeast and Duke Energy will honor veterans who have served and are currently serving our country.

IU Southeast will host a Memorial Service and a Veterans Day Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 11, sponsored by Duke Energy.

The memorial will include a bell ringing service in McCullough Plaza at 10:45 a.m. Veterans from World War II to the present will ring the bells. The service is free and open to the public.

The free luncheon for veterans and their guests will occur at 11:30 a.m. in the Hoosier Room. An RSVP is required for the luncheon, and dress for both events is casual. The luncheon features a Fallen Soldier’s table presented by the Student Veteran Organization, remarks from Lisa Huber of Duke Energy and a recognition of Purple Heart recipients.

The keynote speaker for the luncheon is Brigadier General Michael J. Dornbush, an IU Southeast alumnus who began his career in the U.S military more than four decades ago. Enlisting in the Air Force in 1972, he was commissioned as a communications operations officer in the Kentucky Air National Guard in 1984. From 1988 to 2010, he commanded at the flight squadron and vice wing commander levels for the 123rd Airlift Wing, one of the most decorated units in the Air Force. Dornbush retired as the director of joint staff for the Kentucky Joint Force Headquarters of the Kentucky National Guard in 2012.

He has been recognized with more than 30 medals, awards, ribbons and badges related to his military service, including a Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.

For more information, contact Cari Edwards at (812) 941-2375 or caaedwar@ius.edu.

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