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UT Arlington to host Veterans Day ceremony, resource fair Tuesday, Nov. 11

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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The University of Texas at Arlington will mark Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11, with a full schedule of events punctuated by a breakfast for military veterans, wreath-laying ceremony and a resource fair. All of the events are free and open to the public.

A rendition of Reveille performed by a bugler with the UT Arlington Department of Military Science begins the day at 7 a.m. in the courtyard of College Hall, 600 S. West St. The military morning wake-up call will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony and acknowledgements of veteran graduates.

A breakfast for veterans will be held 8-9 a.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E. H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. The Arlington Goodtimes Chorus will entertain attendees. UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari, Student Veterans Organization President Francisco Balderaz, and ROTC Cadet Battalion Commander Paul Wilkerson will give remarks.  

A resource fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge. The event will feature various offices that offer information, assistance and resources for veterans and their family members, including Counseling and Psychological Services, Veterans Upward Bound, Office for Students with Disabilities, Veterans Affairs, College of Business, College of Nursing, University College and the School of Social Work’s Student Veteran Project.  

“UT Arlington has a very long and distinguished tradition of serving student veterans and active duty military personnel, so our day of remembrance is also one of action that keeps in line with that practice,” said Lisa Thompson, director of UT Arlington’s TRIO Pre-College Programs and a member of the Veterans Connection Committee that helped to organize the events.  

“We are committed to helping our military veterans reach their full personal, academic and career potential, and we know that we can do that with the multitude of programs that we provide.”

The Retreat of Colors followed by a Veterans Social will conclude the day of celebration. UT Arlington’s Student Veterans Organization will provide music, food and activities for the event from 5 to7 p.m. on the Central Library mall, 702 Planetarium Place.

During the events, attendees can pick up an “I Love UTA Veterans” or “UTA Veteran” button.

Donations of a new pair of socks will be accepted for the “Socks for Service” project, which benefits homeless veterans. Drop-off boxes will be stationed in front of College Hall, the Central Library, in the Palo Duro Lounge, and at the Veterans Assistance Center, located inside of the former Sweet Center, 406 Summit Ave.

The Office of the President, Department of Military Science, Student Veterans Organization, and the Veterans Connection Committee are sponsors of the Veterans Day activities. Visit www.uta.edu/uta/student-life/veteran-services.php for more details on resources for student veterans.

For more information about the Veterans Day events, email Lisa Thompson at lthompson@uta.edu or call 817-272-9882.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 40,000 students in Texas and around the world and is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more. Follow #UTAdna on Twitter. 

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