Centenary invites local veterans to annual Veterans Day Tribute

Brigadier General Jonathan Ellis

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College invites all local veterans to its 6th annual Veterans Day Tribute on Friday, November 10. The solemn ceremony honoring the service and dedication of all veterans will begin at 11:00 a.m. in Anderson Auditorium at Centenary’s Hurley School of Music. The tribute is free and open to the public.

Brigadier General Jonathan Ellis, Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations, Air Force Global Strike Command, will give the keynote address during the ceremony. General Ellis was commissioned through the Reserve Officers Training Corps upon graduating from The Pennsylvania State University in 1984.  He earned his navigator wings in 1985 and his pilot wings in 1990.  He served on active duty from 1984 to 1996 before joining the Air Force Reserves in 1996.  In previous assignments, General Ellis has served as a Traditional Reservist, an Active Guard and Reserve member and an Air Reserve Technician.  He has served in several key positions as both a navigator and a pilot and has previously commanded at the flight, squadron, group, and wing level. General Ellis is a command pilot with more than 4500 hours in B-52, T-37, T-38, T-1 and RQ-4 aircraft.

The ceremony also includes music from members of the Centenary College Choir and showcases veterans among Centenary’s student body as well as the faculty and administration. Centenary student and Army veteran Cherie Groninger will read the official Presidential Veterans Day Proclamation.

Following the ceremony, Centenary will host a fundraising luncheon to benefit the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship program that provides financial assistance for veterans and their dependents to attend the College. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For more information about the luncheon, please contact Viki Fentress at vfentress@centenary.edu or 318.869.5599.

Parking for both the Veterans Day Tribute and the Yellow Ribbon Luncheon is available on Woodlawn Avenue.

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