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Veterans' Day Program To Honor Fallen Soldier

Nebraska's Adjutant General Judd Lyons will present a gold star to the family of fallen soldier Michael Scusa at Doane College's Veterans' Day Observance, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Heckman Auditorium on the Crete campus.

Sgt. Michael P. Scusa was two days short of his 23rd birthday when he was killed Oct. 3 in Afghanistan. Scusa was born in Lincoln and lived in Crete until 1999. He joined the U.S. Army after graduation and served 15 months in Iraq. He was deployed for a second time in May of 2009 to Afghanistan.

His family includes father, George Scusa, Crete police officer; his wife, infant son, mother, step-mother, sisters and brothers.

Brigadier General Judd Lyons will present the gold star - given to family members of soldiers killed in combat - to Scusa's family. Lyons is the Nebraska National Guard's Adjutant General. He has more than 29 years of service with the Nebraska National Guard and has himself earned the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

The Nov. 11 ceremony includes patriotic music by Doane's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jay W. Gilbert, as well as a reading of "In Flanders Fields" by Roy Scheele, associate professor of English.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Music/Theatre Office at 402.826.8256.