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LSUS Honors Veterans at the Veterans Day Program

November 17, 2016

The Veterans Day program began promptly at 11 a.m. Friday as Jeffrey Morlock, LSU Shreveport Veterans Affairs liaison, introduced the posting of the colors by the Barksdale Air Force Base Honor Guard. A single trumpet rendition of the National Anthem followed, played by Dustin Sexson.

Students, faculty, and staff gathered beneath and around the white tent at the base of the UC Mall flagpole to commemorate the Veterans Day event. The Pow/MIA Chair Ceremony by Sherri Bohannon honored those military service men and women who have not returned home or gave their lives for their country. Chancellor Clark then thanked all of the Veterans in attendance for their service and dedication to the United States and welcomed guest speaker, Retired Command Sergeant Major Michael A. Long.

"Veterans Day is a day that we as a nation can pause and remember and recognize those who step forward in defense of our country and our way of life, and the American Constitution," Long said.

Sergeant Major Long entered military service in June 1969 and retired in October 2004, his final assignment serving as Command Sergeant Major of the 405th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Polk, LA.

His military assignments include two tours in the Republic of Vietnam with the 405th Special Operations Group and the 415th ASA Aviation Company. Sergeant Major Long's awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (individual award).

Upon his retirement from the military, Sergeant Major Long continued to serve and represent Veterans and Veteran causes in his participation within the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and the Patriot Guard Riders. He was the first Ride Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders in Louisiana.

"The American Veterans are unique in that through the course of the years they've always stepped forward to go into harm's way so that others can live free, pursue their own goals, and have a dream of being better," Long said.

He concluded his speech by telling the audience to thank a Veteran every time they see one because it means very much to these courageous individuals.

The special ceremony ended with Morlock reading the war poem "In Flanders Fields."

Louisiana State University Shreveport is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with more than 20 undergraduate degree programs, a dozen master's degree programs (including the new online MBA), and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership Studies, as well as over 70 student organizations. LSUS provides a number of centers and institutes that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community, as well as to our students. To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit

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