OGDEN, Utah – With more than 150,000 veterans calling Utah home, Weber State University will honor student veterans, military members, support organizations and their friends and families at an awards ceremony and veterans appreciation luncheon, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom. The free luncheon will be limited to 100 on a first-come-first-served basis.“We all owe a great deal of debt to our veterans for their service and all our freedoms,” said Kristie Nielsen, director of marketing and communications for WSU’s Continuing Education. “We are more disconnected from those who are serving today than we have been in the past. This will bring us back to awareness and remind us to honor them this Veterans Day.”
Members of WSU’s Military Outreach and Veterans Education (MOVE) program established the awards to recognize contributions made by individuals and organizations that support veterans. Online nominations came from both university and community members.
“We are remembering the sacrifices of men and women in the military,” said Charlie Chandler, coordinator of WSU’s Veteran Services. “We are not just commemorating current soldiers, but all war and conflict in U.S. history.”
Prior to the luncheon on Nov. 7, a Fallen Soldiers Flag ceremony will be held at noon in the Quad, directly west of the A1 parking lot. An exhibit of World War II memorabilia will also be on display in the Shepherd Union Atrium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.
On Nov. 12, WSU will honor the fallen by hosting a reading of the names of Utah soldiers who have died in service since 9/11. The reading will be held at 11 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Atrium.
Other Veterans Day activities include a parade in downtown Ogden, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m., and local retailers and restaurants offering free or reduced meals and services to veterans with military identification on Nov. 11 and 12. A list of participating merchants can be found at facebook.com/VeteranAffairsWSU.
Tyler J. Baranowsky—Student Veteran/Military Member
Jacob A. Pipkin — Student Veteran/Military Member
Bruce Davis, vice provost Continuing Education — Faculty/Staff Friend of Student Veteran/Military Member
Jennifer Comer, Student Veteran Association President — Non-University Employee Friend of Student
The Department of Workforce Services Wasatch North Region — Support Organization for Student