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Memorial Day observance held May 25 at Appalachian

flag_half_staff_t.jpgBOONE—Appalachian State University will hold a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 25, at 7:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial on the west side of the Dougherty Administration Building. The public is invited to attend.

Ben Mast, a 1955 graduate of Appalachian, will be the guest speaker. Mast, a Watauga County native, served four years as a broadcast specialist with the U.S. Army’s Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in New York and in Frankfurt, Germany, with assignments to Berlin, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Switzerland. He also served 24 years as a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Intelligence.

Mast was a producer, news broadcaster and features editor with Voice of America/USIA in  Washington, D.C., a radio commentator for the United Nations, and a writer, producer and administrator of film and video programs for the Naval Photographic Center.

Following retirement from the U.N., Mast assisted with capacity building and election observation missions in the Balkans and countries of the former Soviet Union.

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