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Davis Center with flags

Veterans Day Celebration

November 11, 2013
Veterans Day was originally Armistice Day, first announced November 11, 1919 as a legal holiday to celebrate the peace following World War I.

In 2009 UVM's Student Government Association and Student Veterans Organization created a recurring Veterans Day Celebration with a reception and speakers highlighting service members' contributions to the University community.

Student Veterans Organization

The UVM Student Veterans Organization meets weekly on campus to advocate and support each other's transition from the military to Academia. As a Student Government Association recognized club, SVO helps host the annual Veterans Day Celebration every November. The club also gets together simply to meet other veterans in a more social environment, to be there as a support network of peers they can relate to due to their unique experiences. The club is open to all students who would like to participate in veteran related events and have the opportunity to contribute to what is available for student veterans and dependents on campus. Interested students can learn more about President Randi Diabo or email her by clicking here.

The UVM Student Veterans Organization in also an official chapter of Student Veterans of America. A national organization and a network dedicated to empowering student veterans and connecting different college and university chapters in order to advocate, provide support, and to help sustain the momentum that student veterans have gained over the years. Each year, they send members to the Student Veterans of America National Conference, located in different cities throughout the United States. In previous years, they have attended Conferences in Washington, DC, Las Vegas, NV, Orlando, FL, and will attend the 2014 Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. There they have the opportunity to network, explore different career opportunities, and pick up useful leadership skills and tools which they can bring back to the organization. The primary purpose is to develop stronger leaders as well as help student veterans become successful in achieving their academic goals.

"It is important to show that the student veteran population is increasing on campus. There is this group of people who have a completely different set of life experiences than traditional students.  Those students' experiences enrich our classroom discussions, and add value to the University. That should be celebrated."  
--David Carlson
November 11, 2013

In honor of Veterans Day more than six thousand flags were placed in the green between the Bailey Howe Library and the Davis Center representing service members Killed in Action since September 11, 2001. Students from SVO read the names of service members who have been Killed in Action over the past year in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Tom Sullivan hosted a luncheon for faculty, staff and student veterans in the Davis Center's Grand Maple Ballroom.  The President presented UVM Armed Forces Veteran pins to new members of our community.

There was a ceremony and reception in Waterman Memorial Lounge featuring Senator Bernie Sanders and speakers from across campus.  Letters from Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and Congressman Peter Welch were read by students.

Last modified December 04 2013 02:30 PM