The University of North Georgia will honor veterans during a military review and parade set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11 on the university's Dahlonega Campus. The event is free and open to the public and will take place on the Gen. William "Lipp" Livsey Drill Field.
The event will include a review of the university's Corps of Cadets, a drill exhibition by the Blue Ridge Rifles Precision Drill Team, a performance by the Golden Eagle Band, and the Patriot Choir singing the National Anthem. Also featured in the Color Guard for the parade will be the "Centennial Colors" from the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS). Centennial Colors is a program in which a single American flag will travel between AMCSUS' 50-plus member schools, including UNG, in celebration of the Association's 100th year.
"As a senior military college, the University of North Georgia is proud to honor our veterans, who are the pride of our nation. They have fought our wars, defended our shores and kept us free," said Maj. (Retired) Richard Neikirk, assistant commandant of cadets at UNG. "UNG has many veterans – faculty, staff and students. I encourage everyone to go up to those men and women, shake their hand, and give them a hug and a word of thanks. I also encourage everyone to thank their family members who are veterans for their service. It will mean more to them than you may realize."
Guest speaker for the event will be Lt. Gen. (retired) William Caldwell IV, current and 21st president of Georgia Military College, a liberal arts junior college in Milledgeville. His last three assignments as a lieutenant general included commander of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) from December 2011 to September 2013; commander, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom from November 2009 to November 2011 and commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth.
His decorations include, among others, the Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Superior Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
A graduate of West Point, Caldwell has earned master's degrees from the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School and from the School for Advanced Military Studies at the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a Senior Service College Fellow.
Due to limited seating surrounding the drill field, visitors may wish to bring chairs for the review. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved into the university's Student Recreation Center, located near the drill field.
UNG is one of only six senior military colleges in the country and has been designated as The Military College of Georgia by the state legislature. UNG also has consistently been recognized as "military friendly" by national publications such as Military Times magazine, GI Jobs magazine and Military Advanced Education magazine.