Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College invite the community to pay tribute to the men and women who have served in the military at the Eighth Annual Saluting Our Veterans event on Thurs., Nov. 7, from 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., on the Citrus College Campus Center Mall, located at 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., in Glendora.

The program includes keynote addresses by Citrus College veteran students Ashley Solano and Fernando Salazar Jr., a military vehicles display, Gladstone High School’s marching band, the AMVETS Honor Guard, and veteran honorees from Azusa, Glendora, APU, and Citrus College.

APU’s veteran honoree is Azusa resident Captain (ret.) Gabe Higerd ’06, who serves as the university’s football safeties/special teams coordinator. Previously, Higerd headed up APU’s Army ROTC Program.

During his military career, Higerd held positions in logistics and policing, along with executive, platoon, operational, and tactical leadership in the world’s only Airborne Military Police (MP) unit. He received the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Iraq. He is a graduate of the prestigious U.S. Army Jumpmaster School.

Azusa Pacific University was again named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for the 2013–14 school year, placing the university in the nation’s top 20 percent of military-friendly schools. APU was selected for this honor based on its continued success in providing military students with quality programs, discounts, scholarships, clubs, networking, and staff support. Over the last year, the number of APU veteran students has increased by 38 percent.