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Appalachian holds memorial service Sept. 22 for alumnus killed in Afghanistan

BOONE—A memorial service for U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Terry L. Varnadore II will be held at Appalachian State University on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial on campus.

The campus community is invited to attend this ceremony, along with any family members of Varnadore.

The program will include the presentation of colors, raising of the flag, the National Anthem, lowering of the flag, the playing of Taps, a tribute to Varnadore from friends and family, a welcome from Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock and the plaque presentation.

Varnadore, a 2003 graduate of Appalachian, enlisted in the Army in 2005. He died April 23, 2011, in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan. The Henderson County native was a helicopter pilot assigned to Company C “Blue Max,” TF Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division when his aircraft went down during a night mission in Kapisa Province.

He was deployed in 2010 with Operation Enduring Freedom.

At 11:30 a.m. in B.B. Dougherty Administration Building, a memorial program will be held for students died while attending the university.