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The University of Tennessee is celebrating Veterans Day with several events, including reading aloud more than 6,700 names of military members who died in operation since September 11, 2001.

This is the third year UT has participated in the National Remembrance Day Roll call. The university is one of 85 schools participating in the simultaneous reading, which started at 7 a.m. Monday morning in the south lawn of Ayres Hall. The reading will continue until 5 p.m. Eighty people, including several student veterans, will take turns reading the names.

"I wanted to do my part as a student, but there was one member of my unit in Iraq who was killed in action, and I wanted to make sure his name got read, so I was happy to do that today," said Capt. George Shields, with the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

At 1:45 p.m., the U-T School of Music Ensemble will sing the "National Anthem." Fifteen minutes later at 2 p.m. Ayres Hall will chime will "Taps," which will be followed by a moment of silence.

UT students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to plant flags on the south lawn of Ayres in honor of a veteran.