The Veterans Affairs and Military Programs department, or VAMP, will honor military veterans and their sacrifices during a Veteran’s Day ceremony Nov. 12.
The ceremony will take place at the Ultimate Sacrifice Memorial in front of the Wilbur Cross Building at 11:10 a.m. The event is open to all military-affiliated students, as well as the community.
VAMP’s Veteran’s Day event will continue the general public’s long-standing tradition of celebrating the national holiday, established in 1938.
“Veteran’s Day is a time to remember the veterans in our lives, the ones we interact with everyday,” said Jon Ramos, one of VAMP’s Veterans Benefit Coordinators, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. “It’s great to have this one moment where everyone can reflect and it’s an opportunity for us as a community to remember.”
Brig. Gen. Gerald E. McDonald, whose decorated military career spans more than 30 years, will be the keynote speaker at Monday’s ceremony. McDonald currently serves as the Assistant Adjutant General of the Connecticut National Guard.
Ramos said the remembrance will also include the Presentation of the Colors, by the combined Air Force and Army ROTC units, placing the ceremonial wreath, on the Ultimate Sacrifice Memorial and the singing of the National Anthem, by a member of UConn’s Air Force ROTC program.
“The ceremony will be brief, but we wanted to make sure we honor the veterans that have been a part of the UConn community,” Ramos said.
After the ceremony, Ramos said, there will be a reception in the South Reading Room in Wilbur Cross.
Micah Donley, a UConn musical performance major, will play taps, a military bugle call played at military funerals and memorials, and signaling the “lights out” command at the end of the day, during the ceremony.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 217 thousand military-veterans living in Connecticut and more than 21 million across America.
Alyssa Kelleher, director of VAMP, outlined the importance of attending events like the Veteran’s Day ceremony, and paying respect to those currently serving, those who have served, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country.
“I encourage all members of the university community to attend the ceremony, whether they are connected to the military or not,” Kelleher said. “Now, more than ever, is a time to celebrate all people and their contributions to the overall fabric of the university, our state and our nation.”
George J Penny III is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.