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USU Honors 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day with Series of Events

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

U.S. WWI soldier in combat

Utah State University will remember the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day with a series of events held on the Logan campus and in the Cache Valley community throughout the week of October 29. The week will end with a performance by the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra and the USU Chorale titled “War and the Human Heart,” Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Daines Concert Hall on the Logan campus. 

“War and the Human Heart” combines chamber orchestra, chorus, film and live narration in a moving performance that honors the experience of war for every veteran, past or present. Master of Ceremonies Ken Verdoia, recently-retired from KUED television, will guide the audience through feelings of battle, loss and love as veterans have experienced them. 

Hear rarely-performed and compelling music by Beethoven, Rousel, Grainger, Martinu, Holst, Schumann and others. 

“When people thank me for my service, most don’t understand what my service really was,” said Jeffrey Gettleman, a U.S. veteran and organizer of the events. “So one object of the program is to help the audience understand what a veteran has really experienced—and of course music communicates on a different (emotional) level, different from reading a book or article.”

The Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918 was the armistice that ended fighting on land, sea and air in World War I between the Allies and their opponent, Germany. The week’s events is meant to honor veterans and remember the past. There will be speakers giving talks, brown bag lunches, panel discussions, film screenings and other special events, as well as exhibits in the Merrill-Cazier Library and other venues both on campus and in Logan. 

For a complete itinerary of the events, visit

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