Friday, November 2, 2012

Veterans Day

Veterans Day as a national observance of our military veterans' service and sacrifice has evolved through time.

The designation of November 11 as a national holiday began with the Act of 1938.  The day was called Armistice Day and honored World War I veterans.  In 1954, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the Act of 1938, renamed the day Veterans Day, and designated it as a day to honor all American military veterans.

In recognition of Veterans Day and to show appreciation for United States military personnel, Tarleton is hosting multiple campus events, which will give each of us opportunities to show our support and appreciation for veterans.  Kurt Mogonye's article "Events Planned at Tarleton to Observe Veterans Day" gives details about these events. Be sure to check it out.

To honor veterans and as part of campus Veterans Day observances, the Dick Smith Library has a new display in the lobby.
Dick Smith Library Veterans Day display

The display features
  • "Post a Note to Our Veterans" - Write a message and post it on the whiteboard.  Let our veterans know your thoughts.
  • Chief of Staff reading list - View the titles suggested for army personnel professional development.
  • Books from our collections - Browse the titles or check them out.  Several of the books from the Chief of Staff's list are on the display.  Also, the library's databases offer many of the journals from the list.
  • Pictures of three campus military landmarks: World War I cannon,  World War II marker, and the Tarleton State University Military Memorial
The library offers a wealth of information about veterans and military history in a variety of formats.  To locate items in our collections, you can 
  • search for "military history," "military veterans," or "military science" in our library catalog
  • search Discovery@Tarleton for articles (NTNET login required),
  • browse our print and audiovisual collections,
  • search for films in the Films on Demand database (NTNET login required),
  • read online articles about Tarleton veterans in the J-TAC archives, or
  • email  ( or call (254-968-9249) the library's reference staff for assistance.
Do you know about other events or have ideas for other ways we can show our support and appreciation to veterans and military personnel?  If so, please leave a comment and your suggestions.

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