OGDEN -- Weber State University on Friday will host a Veterans Day ceremony that includes military music, an honor guard and a salute to soldiers lost while serving their country.
Jennifer Carver, president of the Student Veterans of America Wildcat Chapter, said students will read the names of more than 6,000 American troops who died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We honor those who serve, not because of the battles that were won or lost, not because of the rank they wear on their chest or shoulders, and not because of the stories they have to tell, but because they offered up their lives to protect and defend the United States of America and the citizens who stand upon its soil," said Carver, an Army veteran.
"I truly hope those on campus who have never been around the military can see how important Veterans Day really is."
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Friday in the Shepherd Union atrium, when the Weber State University Band will begin an hourlong concert featuring military music.
From 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., student volunteers will gather near the campus bell tower, just north of the Shepherd Union Building, to read the names of the fallen troops as each name is projected on a screen.
At noon, a ceremony honoring fallen soldiers will begin on the quad field, north of Weber State's duck pond.
A military battle cross, formed from a soldier's rifle, boots, helmet and dog tags, will be placed in front of a military helicopter. An honor guard will present colors, and a bugler will play Taps. Seven riflemen will perform a rifle salute.
The event is free. For more information, call WSU Veterans Services at 801-626-6039.