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Heroes in our midst

The U honored 11 Utah veterans with a tribute video for the 23rd annual Veterans Day event during the pandemic.

The University of Utah continues its proud annual tradition of honoring 11 Utah Veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with a tribute video despite the pandemic. The fanfare of bagpipers leading a processional across campus and the 21-cannon-salute may be missed by many but continuing to recognize service members and veterans is still our honor and privilege.

The 2020 class of honorees includes three World War II veterans, six Korea/Vietnam veterans and two Iraq/Afghanistan veterans. They also represent the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Air National Guard. Among the honorees is one of only 30 remaining Women Air Force Service Pilots.

Watch the full tribute video below.

“The honorees for the U’s 23rd annual event are truly extraordinary individuals and every single one of them would tell you, ‘I just did what anyone else would do in the same situation,’” said Paul Morgan, director of the University of Utah's Veterans Support Center. “They are all the epitome of selfless service to their country and are true heroes among us.”

Each year the 11 honorees and Student Veteran of the Year receive a medallion during the ceremony. It’s hoped that a smaller more intimate event may be scheduled in alignment with public health guidelines surrounding COVID-19 in the spring of 2021 to honor these women and men.

The 2020 Student Veteran of the Year recipient is Navy veteran Jessica Garcia, who will complete a degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science next semester. Garcia carries a cumulative 3.95 GPA and is currently applying for medical school at the University of Utah.

“My hope is that our U campus community will take the time to thank the service members and veterans in our lives. Their courage to serve, their commitment to our nation, and the sacrifices they’ve made deserve our gratitude,” said Morgan.


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2020 Honorees