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Interterm class hosting Honoring Our Military Personnel Night on Jan. 22

This Interterm, Doane students are working with the community to help recognize and celebrate military personnel.

Dr. Kay Hegler’s Interterm class, “Serving Warriors,” is organizing and hosting Honoring Our Military Personnel Night at the women’s and men’s basketball home games against Midland University on Jan. 22 at the George and Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center. The Public Events Committee is funding a concession stand where servicemen, servicewomen and their families will be able to get free snacks as well as free admission to the games.

“The Vietnam War was the war of men in my age group,” said Dr. Hegler, professor of special education. “Civilians did not actively welcome soldiers home from that war, so perhaps this course is my personal way of doing better.”
Jay Gilbert, Doane’s music department chairman and director of instrumental music, volunteered himself and his students to sing the national anthem before each game. Men and women that have served or are serving in the military will be asked to stand on the court during the anthem to be recognized for their service.

Dr. Hegler's class has been researching just war principle topics throughout the term. These include physical and sexual abuse in the military, suicide rates among soldiers and veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others. Hegler said she wanted her class to become more literate in just war principles, which is a long-term topic when considering war issues.

Students have the opportunity to read books concerning issues military men and women face, as well as watch documentaries and listen to speakers. They also participate in the service project that honors and helps military members.

“I hope this gives us some new exposure to veterans and service personnel,” Hegler said.

The women’s basketball game begins at 6 p.m. and the men’s game will follow at 8 p.m. All military men and women of current or past service are invited to be honored.