C of I set for Nov. 10 Veterans Celebration

The Great War that scourged Europe was officially ended when the last signature adorned the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919. But an armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 is what is regarded as the conclusion of the “war to end all wars.” 

Monday, The College of Idaho will recognize the sacrifice of our armed men and women with a Veterans Celebration featuring C of I athletic director and U.S. Army veteran Marty Holly. The event, which is free and open to the public, is set for 4:30 p.m., inside the McCain Student Center on the C of I campus in Caldwell.

Holly has served as the C of I’s athletic director for more than 30 years and also was a national championship-winning men’s basketball coach at the College. He will speak about his experience transitioning from a soldier to a student.

“I think it is important to remember that Veterans Day is not just about honoring veterans—it’s also an acknowledgement of the service and sacrifices veterans make,” said C of I student James Langan, chairman of the newly formed Veteran Student Assembly on campus.

The speech by Holly will align with one of the main goals of the VSA, which is to support students as they transition from military to college life, Lanagan said.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit