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Cannon shots during Veterans Day observance on Friday, Nov. 10

Dear campus community,

At 11 a.m. on Friday, November 10, the University of Utah will hold its 26th Annual Veterans Day Commemoration in the Union Ballroom. This ceremony is a yearly event for the University of Utah and an opportunity for us to thank all veterans for their service. It is also a time to reflect on those who still serve and those who didn’t return home.

Throughout the morning, cannon blanks will be fired from the southwest lawn of the Union Building:

  • Sometime between 9 and 10 a.m., three test blasts will be performed to ensure the mechanisms are working properly.
  • At 11 a.m., one blast will be fired to mark the Armistice signed on November 11, 1918.
  • A 21-cannon salute will be fired between 11:45 a.m. and 12 p.m., as part of the formal program to honor fallen service members from all conflicts.

On behalf of the university’s Veterans Day Committee, I invite you to join us for the ceremony, during which we will honor 11 remarkable Utah veterans and the student veteran of the year. If you are unable to attend, I hope you will find an opportunity to reflect on the honor, courage, commitment, and sacrifice of those who have served our country in uniform. More information on the event can be found here.

If you have ever served in the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, or National Guard, on active duty or in the reserves, on domestic or foreign soil, in combat or garrison, I’d like to extend my personal gratitude. For the families of veterans and service members, thank you for the sacrifices you have made in support of those who answered our nation’s call. I would like to extend a personal invitation to all military-connected students, faculty, and staff to visit the Veterans Support Center in the Union Building, Room 418.


Fa’a Taupa’u
Director, Veterans Support Center
University of Utah