Since the passing of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which resulted in veterans’ benefits including full tuition and fees for in-state colleges, more veterans have returned home and enrolled in colleges nationwide.
See how some colleges across the country celebrated the holiday this year.
Montclair State University
Flag raising ceremony at Montclair State University.
As part of its Veteran and Military Student Recognition Week, Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., saluted veterans with a ceremonial flag raising by the honor guard Monday afternoon. According to Meaghan Morin, communications assistant for Montclair, the university has been named a “Military Friendly School for four years in a row and offers several veteran and military resources to its students.”
University of Maryland – College Park
The University of Maryland in College Park, Md. hosted a Veterans Day celebration at the university’s Memorial Chapel Monday afternoon. Students, staff and alumni shared their experiences as veterans, followed by a patriotic musical tribute performed by the Mighty Sound of Maryland and MannerMusik.
The location of the celebration added to the meaning of the ceremony: 61 years ago, the chapel was dedicated to pay tribute to the UMD community who gave their lives in time of war, communications specialist Alana Carchedi said. The university will be continuing the celebration throughout the week.
Daytona State College
Navy veteran and Daytona State College student Mabel Rodriguez, 30, Shared combat stories with vets like George Dexter, left. Mabel is preparing for the Dental Hygiene program at DSC.
Daytona State College’s Veterans Day event Monday afternoon attracted more than 300 people, according to Laurie White, marketing director and public information officer at the college located in Daytona Beach, Fla. Guests browsed five historic military vehicles, explored the assorted veterans groups and exhibits and listened to speakers.
The school honored 12 veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as well as its own 800-plus students who are veterans and countless employees who currently serve in the reserves or have in the past. Among the guests were one of two original WAVEs, Jeanne Williams and former WWII POW Bruce Hall. White said Daytona State opened a Veterans Center a year ago to assist returning vets in their transition to civilian and college life.
Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., is hosting events in honor of Veterans Day from Nov. 7 to Nov. 15. On Friday, the college hosted its second annual Veterans Day Banquet, organized by student veteran organizations on campus. The weekend was filled with ceremonies, lectures, award presentations and tours to celebrate Veterans Day and marked the formal launch of the Dartmouth Uniformed Service Alumni (DUSA) group. Other festivities included the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball on Sunday, the Reveille Ceremony conducted by the Dartmouth ROTC on Monday and the VA Benefits Fair for veteran students on Tuesday.
The color guard raising the colors at Sheridan University in Sheridan, Wyoming.
On Monday, Sheridan College in Sheridan, W.Y. hosted a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Plaza with remarks by Sheridan College President Paul Young, a Navy veteran. A flag raising ceremony at 11 a.m. symbolized the signing of the armistice of World War I.
The school participated in the National Day of Remembrance Roll Call and Minute of Silence held by 91 schools Monday by reading a list of student and employee veterans, Director of Veteran Services Brett Burtis said. Many faculty members had their classes attend the event.
In honor of Veterans Day, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. is hosting Military Emphasis Week. A convocation on Wednesday was dedicated to active duty servicemembers, veterans and families. Vietnam War POW Captain Gerald Coffee is giving the keynote address.
According to the Liberty University News Service, “of the more than 100,000 students studying residentially and online, 20% are servicemembers, veterans or military spouses.”
University of Cincinnati
Veteran’s Day activities on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.
The University of Cincinnati’s student veteran population has increased from 500 in 2008 to close to 1,500 this year. To honor student and community veterans, the university held a ceremony on Friday, in addition to hosting a Veterans Fair and tours.
UC student Logan Schneider, who currently serves as public affairs officer for the Air Force ROTC Det. 665 at UC, said this was the largest audience he has seen at the event in his years at the university.
“Both of my grandfathers served in the Navy in World War II, and my older brother is currently going through pilot training at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla., so the military is a very important part of my family,” Schneider said. “It is always a pleasure to honor and remember those who have served or are currently serving.”
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