For more Information:

Eric Ramaekers
SSU Veterans Coordinator

(740) 351-4441

October 28, 2019

In honor of all those who have served the United States, Shawnee State University will be hosting its 25th Annual Veterans Recognition Day Ceremony and the Annual Veterans Recognition Week from November 5 through 7 .

New to this year’s Recognition Week activities is the Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial. The memorial, created by artist Anita Miller, was to honor the Lima Company tragedies of 2005. The life-size mural paintings of the 23-fallen of Lima 3.25 now travel all over the country, “Honoring ALL Who Answer Our Nation’s Call: Then, Now, and Tomorrow,” to salute our country’s great military and their family. The memorial was first unveiled at the Statehouse in 2008 , and it was then that Mike Strahle, a retired marine, made it his personal mission to work with Miller to make the memorial available all over the country. To learn more about the memorial, visit

The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial will be set up for display in the Morris University Center (MUC) lobby on Tuesday, November 5 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Wednesday, November 6 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Thursday, November 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Veteran Recognition Week will also host its Annual Chili Cook-off on Tuesday, November 5 starting at noon in the Ballroom of the MUC. On Wednesday, November 6, Dinner & Dialogue: Green Zone Training will be held at 5 p.m. in the Ballroom of the MUC.

On Thursday, the annual Veterans Fair will start at 10 a.m. on the 2nd floor in the MUC, followed the Veterans Recognition Day Ceremony will follow beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the UC. All events are open to the community to attend.

To learn more about the 25th Annual Veteran Recognition Day Ceremony and the events of Veterans Recognition Week, please contact Eric Ramaekers, SSU’s Veterans Coordinator, at (740) 351-4441, or email him at