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University of Phoenix Organizes Flag Demonstration and Ceremony to Honor Local Military Community

The 10,000 flag demonstration and ceremony pay tribute to the sacrifices active-duty servicemembers, their families and veterans make this Memorial Day

PHOENIX, May 21, 2013 – Today more than 50 volunteers from University of Phoenix® Military Division planted 10,000 flags on the lawn of the University’s Riverpoint office, prior to Memorial Day weekend. The flag display represents a meaningful symbol of appreciation to those service members who sacrificed their lives for our county’s freedom. Prior to Memorial Day, the flags will be removed and donated to local veteran cemeteries. 

“This Memorial Day, University of Phoenix is proud to honor fallen service members by saluting the men and women who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom,” said University of Phoenix Military Division Associate Regional Vice President and retired U.S. Army Colonel Garland Williams. “The University is proud to show our appreciation today through this flag demonstration, and to show our appreciation everyday by removing barriers to help our nation’s service members, their families and veterans complete their education goals.” 

In conjunction with the Memorial Day flag ceremony, University of Phoenix will encourage donations to the American Red Cross (ARC). The ARC is a lifeline for deployed servicemembers, allowing them to communicate to loved ones back home during emergencies and provide social services, emergency travel, financial assistance and mental health support for returning servicemembers and their families. The public can make a donation to the ARC by visiting http://american.redcross.org/uphoenix-pub. 

“The American Red Cross is incredibly honored to be part of University of Phoenix’s Memorial Day Tribute saluting America’s military,” said Tom Christie, board chairman of the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter. “While the American Red Cross was born on the battlefield, the Red Cross now serves members of the Armed Forces and their families from the time they enter the military throughout active duty and into their years as veterans.” 

Additionally, the public is invited to visit University of Phoenix’s Military Tribute Wall to post a virtual message showing appreciation of service to a current active-duty servicemember, a veteran or retiree who has previously served or to someone who paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting the nation’s freedom. University of Phoenix’s Military Tribute Wall can be found by visiting http://phoenixpatriotmagazine.com/memorial-day-tribute. 

Apollo Education Group, parent company of University of Phoenix, is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen by serving communities and individuals across the country. Through its corporate social responsibility efforts, Apollo Education Group focuses on giving in the areas of education, workforce readiness and sustainability. To learn more about the impact of these efforts, please visit www.csrreport.s.apollo.edu/.  

About University of Phoenix Military Division
University of Phoenix Military Division works directly with active military members, their spouses, and veterans to help them balance frequent deployments, relocations, and training schedules while obtaining their degrees. University of Phoenix Military Division students can access classes online or at more than 200 University of Phoenix locations, giving military students an opportunity to choose the learning environment that is most conducive to their educational success. Active duty military members and spouses stationed or deployed overseas can earn either a Master of Business Administration or Master of Arts in Education degree at campus locations throughout Europe and Asia. More information can be found at http://www.phoenix.edu/military.

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu

MEDIA CONTACT:  Jennifer Tomasovic
University of Phoenix
904-861-4118

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