11/07/11 At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the time-honored tradition of the Veterans Day ceremony at Culver Academies will take place on the lakeside steps of the Legion Memorial Building.
The Veterans Day ceremony recognizes the sacrifices made by Culver alumni during times of war. Since 1924, Culver has recognized the sacrifices of American and Allied soldiers during World War I at 11 a.m. on November 11. The ceremony has changed very little since that original Legion Memorial Building dedication ceremony was conducted 87 years ago.
This year’s speaker is Col. Roberta Flath (U.S. Army Reserve-retired). Flath worked as a Culver Girls Academy physical education instructor, adviser, and counselor from 1972 to 1987. She was the CGA volleyball head coach for eight seasons. She served 12 years in U.S. Army Reserve and 20 years active duty. Flath served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as the commander of the Third Personnel Command from 2006-2007. Headquartered in Arifjan, Kuwait, Flath visited her soldiers in Iraq, Qatar, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Djabouti.
She retired in 2009 with the rank of colonel after 32 years of service. Her honors include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. In 2010, the Sigma-Sigma-Sigma Sorority awarded her the Emily Gates Alumna Lifetime Achievement Award.
During the ceremony, the Battery battalion will fire the school’s howitzers over Lake Maxinkuckee. The public is invited to attend this ceremony.