Retired Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber, MTSU's senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives, will be speaking during the 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 24, Stones River National Battlefield and Cemetery events to commemorate Memorial Day.
The battlefield and cemetery are accessible via both 3501 Old Nashville Highway and 1563 N. Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro.
A retired U.S. Army three-star general, Huber spent nearly 40 years in the military serving his country and now lives in Franklin, Tennessee.
The Memorial Day program will be held at the rostrum in the Stones River National Cemetery. Parking will be in the visitor center parking lot. Visitors are encouraged to park at the North Thompson Lane entrance. Visitors with disabilities will be directed to parking near the event.
In remembering the sacrifices of soldiers past and present, the May 24 program will include patriotic music, a wreath-laying ceremony and the reading of names of veterans who have died since Memorial Day 2014.
Hired by the university in January, Huber is helping bridge the gap between the MTSU student veterans population (around 1,000 including family members) and the campus community. He has met with MTSU student veterans in campus town hall meetings to gauge their needs and earlier this spring toured the Pat Tillman Veterans Center at Arizona State University to research the veterans services offered there.
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee announced recently the university plans to create a 2,600-square-foot center specifically for student veterans. The construction in Keathley University Center will coincide with a suite of new student services.
To assist veterans and their families in a variety of ways, MTSU unveiled the state's first VetSuccess on Campus program in March 2012. The VetSuccess office will move to the new center. Learn more about MTSU's student veterans' services at http://www.mtsu.edu/military/.