July 4 Festival Snapshots: Webster Salutes the Troops, Celebrates 40 Years of Military Education

| July 7, 2014

Webster University’s participation in 2014 Independence Day celebrations included two of the largest festivals in the St. Louis region: Fair St. Louis and Webster Groves Community Days.

Fair St. Louis & Salute to the Troops

Webster University Provost Julian Schuster and Office of Military Affairs head Mike Callan had a featured role in the "Salute to the Troops" at the 2014 Fair St. Louis, held at the Grand Basin in Forest Park. Approaching its centennial in 2014-15, Webster University is also celebrating 40 years of providing education to the military.

Webster University Provost Julian Schuster and Office of Military Affairs head Mike Callan had a featured role in the “Salute to the Troops” at the 2014 Fair St. Louis, held at the Grand Basin in Forest Park. Approaching its centennial in 2014-15, Webster University is also celebrating 40 years of providing education to the military. Also pictured is Brig. Gen. J. Marty Robinson, assistant adjutant general for the Missouri National Guard.

A hot item: Webster fans

Webster’s giveaways were a welcome item over the hot days!

Webster University again served as a sponsor of the annual Fair St. Louis, the largest Independence Day festival in the region, held July 4-6 in St. Louis’ Forest Park. The more than 1,000 acre park was the center for the annual three-day celebration.

Webster volunteers greeted thousands of fair-goers at the University’s hospitality tent location at the top of Art Hill. Webster volunteers were on hand each of the three days to visit with Fair attendees. They spoke with many who were already connected to Webster (alumni, parents of current students/recent graduates, current students) as well as prospective students.

On July 5, Webster sponsored Saturday’s “Salute to the Troops,” which included welcoming active duty military members and their families to our tent for free Blue Bunny ice cream and Nature Valley granola bars.

Callan-crowd-fair

Callan asked the crowd to stand and be recognized for their military service.

Webster’s presentation on the main stage honored veterans and active duty service members. A custom one-minute “Webster Salutes the Troops” video was shown at the event.

Webster University Provost Julian Schuster and associate vice president for Military and Governmental Programs, Brig. Gen. Mike Callan, USAF (ret.), took the main stage just before the concert by The Fray, welcoming service members and asking all who had served in the 80,000-plus crowd to stand and be recognized.

Addressing service members in attendance, Callan spoke of how proud the University was to be a key sponsor at the Fair and its history of supporting the educational needs of our military. “This year, we celebrate our 40th year of providing unmatched educational programs to our military where they work and live,” said Callan.

University's hospitality tent.

Webster University’s hospitality tent at Fair St. Louis also introduced visitors to academic programs.

Webster volunteers greeted thousands of fair-goers at the University’s hospitality tent location at the top of Art Hill.

Webster volunteers greeted thousands of fairgoers at the University’s hospitality tent location atop the famous Art Hill.

More: View more photos of Fair St. Louis at Webster University’s Facebook page

and view a video of the parade.

Webster Groves Community Days Parade

Webster University students, staff, alumni and friends showed their Independence Day spirit in the Webster Groves Community Days Parade on July 4.

Webster University students, staff, alumni and friends showed their Independence Day spirit in the Webster Groves Community Days Parade on July 4.

"Celebrating 40 Years of Military Education"

The Gorlok joined with military members in “Celebrating 40 Years of Military Education” at the parade.

The City of Webster Groves celebrated Independence Day with Community Days, an annual three-day festival July 3-5. Staging for the July 4 Community Days parade began in front of Webster’s home campus and took parade-goers through the heart of Webster Groves, the suburban St. Louis community where the University was founded in 1915.

This year, Webster University’s float entry, “Celebrating 40 Years of Military Education,” recognized the opening of the University’s first military campus location at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, in 1974, and the four decades of service to military students that has followed.

Leading the University contingent was Provost Julian Schuster and associate vice president for Military and Governmental Programs, Brig. Gen. Mike Callan, USAF (Ret). Webster’s Office of Military Affairs, Student Veterans Organization and members from Webster extended campuses joined the parade float, along with students, alumni, staff, family members and friends of the University.

Webster’s entry in the Community Days Parade was organized by Sara Boyd of Global Marketing & Communications. “It was truly a team effort to put this together,” Boyd said. “So many people had a hand in making this community event not only successful, but fun: From the OMA team and SVO President Charlie Mach, who worked to staff the float with riders; to the military members and volunteers who had the busy task of walking the two-mile route while interacting with the crowd; to the behind-the-scenes logistical support provided by Webster’s Facilities Operations crew.”

Revelers at the Webster Groves parade cheered for the University's entry, "Celebrating 40 Years Of Military Education."

Revelers at the Webster Groves parade cheered for the University’s entry.

Always a large turnout for the parade, attendees cooled off with Webster's "Celebrating 40 Years Of Military Education" fans.

While enjoying the parade, attendees cooled off with Webster’s “Celebrating 40 Years Of Military Education” giveaway fans.

More: View more photos of the Community Days parade at Webster University’s Facebook page and view a video of the parade.

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  1. Sandra Kunz says:

    What a great story!