~ Reprinted from FresnoStateNews.com

Flags at Fresno State will post at half-staff Wednesday, Dec. 7, and will be retrieved during the “Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Moment-of-Silence Tribute” from 4:45 – 5 p.m. at the Veterans Monument Flag Station (Thomas Building).

Fresno State music major Ryan Vance will perform the National Anthem, “Taps” and “Retreat-To The Colors.”

“I’m very honored to be a part of this ceremony,” said Vance, who is a junior majoring in Music Education with an emphasis on trumpet performance. “I think as musicians, we have a responsibility to lend our services to help remember our veterans and those who have served our country.”

The University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 35 will conduct a flag-retreat ceremony and University President Joseph I. Castro will call for a moment of silence. He will be joined by Timothy Ryan, president of the Associated Students, Inc. (student body) and Lt. Col. Kenneth Bourque, AFROTC commander.

Nearby the tribute is the University’s U.S. Submarine Memorial. Sixty-five tulip trees stand in commemoration of the crews of lost U.S. submarines on the Maple Mall, south of the Satellite Student Union.

In 2002, Fresno State was the first university in the nation to create a memorial honoring lost submarines and crew members. 

The ceremony is free and open to the public.