A full schedule of events will honor veterans on campus this week, including the 24th Annual Veterans Day Commemoration on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Organized by the Veterans Support Center, in conjunction with the university Veterans Day Committee, the Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Student Veterans at the U, the scheduled events strive to engage campus, support student veterans and recognize remarkable veterans from across the state.
As part of the commemoration on Nov. 11, campus will hear several cannon blasts from outside the Union building. There will be three test blasts at approximately 9 a.m., one at 11 a.m. to signify the signing of the Armistice ending World War I and a 21-cannon salute around 11:45 a.m. as part of the formal program.
The annual commemoration ceremony will be held on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Union Ballroom. It will be preceded by a bagpipe procession from the J. Willard Marriott Library to the Union at 10:30 a.m. Nominations came from across the state and the 11 veterans selected to be honored will receive a commemorative medallion onstage at the ceremony. The Student Veteran of the Year will also be named at the ceremony.
Meet a Vet BBQ
Monday, Nov. 8 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Free for students, staff and faculty to join and have lunch on us. Held on the Marriott Library Plaza, come meet a vet and win some great prizes.
Tuesday, Nov. 9 | 7 p.m.
Come join us to watch “Good Morning, Vietnam,” in the Student Union Theatre. In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam. Free for students, staff and faculty. Popcorn included.
Identifying America’s Unknown Soldiers
Wednesday, Nov. 10 | 12-1 p.m.
The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency will virtually present on the existing and evolving DNA technologies to aid in the identification of missing United States service members. This virtual presentation and Q&A session is in partnership with the Hinckley Institute of Politics and can be watched on its YouTube channel.
24th Annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony
Thursday, Nov. 11 | 11 a.m.
Eleven Utah veterans and the Student Veteran of the Year will be honored in a full military dress ceremony that includes bagpipe procession, medallion presentation and cannon salute. This event is free and open to the public to attend. Located in the Union Ballroom.
“Strike” Up a Conversation with a Vet Bowling Tournament
Friday, Nov. 12 | 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Come “strike” up a conversation with the student veterans at the U and compete in the bowling tournament to win a great prize. A donation of $2 is requested but get a dollar off with your Meet a Vet BBQ raffle ticket. All proceeds support the student veterans at the U scholarship fund. Located in the Union Bowling Alley.
Utah vs. Oregon, Military Appreciation game
Saturday, Nov. 20 | Kickoff TBD
At this game, Utah Football will shine a bright light on the history of the World War II-era heavy cruiser the USS Salt Lake City and its forgotten remarkable story. Created specifically for this game, the commemorative uniforms feature the distinctive camouflage design from the warship that earned 11 battle stars. Learn about the design elements and more here.
One Ship. One Game. One Legacy.
To learn about the annual commemoration ceremony and to view past honorees, visit the Veterans Day Commemoration website.