Tuesday, October 23, 2018

UTSA honors America’s veterans with salute to service events

UTSA honors America’s veterans with salute to service events

(Nov. 6, 2017) -- As part of “Celebrate America’s Military,” led by the San Antonio Chamber, UTSA will observe Veterans Day with public events, Thursday, Nov. 9 to Saturday, Nov. 11. The university’s military community is more than 4,200 strong and includes veterans, active duty military members, guard, reserves, ROTC members and their spouses and dependents.

Veterans Day scheduled events include:

UTSA Appreciates Veterans 
Thursday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Central Plaza, Main Campus 

The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs will present a display of military war uniforms and other displays commemorating those who served. There will be Veterans Day trivia for prizes and an opportunity to share why you appreciate veterans. Veterans and other military-affiliated students are encouraged to attend the fair to learn about the resources offered to them at UTSA.

Veterans Day Ceremony
Thursday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m., Central Plaza, Main Campus 

The UTSA Army and Air Force ROTC programs will be in formation, provide a pass and review along with a wreath laying. The featured keynote speaker is Dennis LaRue, retired Air Force member and international executive coach and speaker with the John Maxwell Leadership Team. A reception follows the ceremony in the University Center Window Lounge.

UTSA Volleyball Game Appreciation Night
Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Convocation Center, Main Campus

Enjoy the Roadrunners game as they take on Charlotte. Veterans, active duty service members, guard, reserves and their family members get in free with a military ID.

UTSA Football vs. University of Alabama at Birmingham
Saturday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m., Alamodome, Downtown San Antonio

UTSA is proud to honor military veterans and their families during Military Appreciation Night, featuring an ROTC Joint Honor Guard, a special halftime show and a tribute to commissioning ROTC cadets, basic military trainees and Army Advanced Individual Training graduates. UTSA will also feature greetings from Roadrunner military alumni to their friends and family in San Antonio. Contact veterans@utsa.edu for military member and family ticket information.

Lighting of The Monuments
Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10, Main Campus

The Monuments at the UTSA Oval will shine red, white and blue to honor members of the military in the UTSA community and around the nation.

Other veterans related opportunities at UTSA:

UTSA Veterans’ Writing Group
Tuesdays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Multidisciplinary Studies Building (MS 3.02.32), Main Campus

Throughout the school year, this group helps veterans advance their writing skills in a collaborative environment. Veterans are encouraged to bring any type of writing they are working on. Darrell Stafford, the Writing Group Coordinator, works with veterans in a group setting and individually, focusing on specific projects and goals.

Exhibit: “A Century since World War I” 
Now through spring 2018, UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus 

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures hosts an exhibit honoring Texas WWI veterans a century after the Great War. Through images, stories, and artifacts, Texas in the First World War sheds light on the legacy of a global conflict that still heavily influences world affairs, politics, and alliances to this day.

The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs was established in October 2016 to serve as a strategic hub for military affiliated student support. Retired Air Force Colonel Lisa Firmin serves as the associate provost for the office and the university’s military liaison. Some of the initiatives of Veteran and Military Affairs includes onboarding and orientation of military affiliated students, a veteran student success collaborative, and a veterans’ writing group.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Each year, UTSA partners with the San Antonio Chamber in its Celebrate America’s Military initiative, a local tribute to the U.S. military.

- Elisa Perkins

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