Week of Events to Honor Veterans

The University of Maine will recognize veterans with a week of ceremonies, presentations and panel discussions.

The activities, which are coordinated by the UMaine Office of Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) and UMaine Veterans Association, will begin at noon Monday, Nov. 10, with an opening ceremony on the Mall.

The flag raising and remembrance ceremony will include a welcome address by Robert Dana, UMaine’s vice president for student life and dean of students; a speech by Capt. Joe Miller, a UMaine doctoral candidate and three-tour Operation Iraqi Freedom Army veteran; a performance of the national anthem and a UMaine memorial song by Mainely Voices, a coed student a cappella group; posting and retiring of the colors; and taps.

Tony Llerena, VETS coordinator and school certifying official for veterans, says VETS has compiled a list of all UMaine veteran alumni who have died in the line of duty during World War II to present day. The nearly 200 names will be read by veterans during the ceremony that will take place on the steps of Fogler Library.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the VETS office, Room 143 of the Memorial Union.

Other events include:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 11 — Free lunch vouchers available to student veterans throughout Veterans Day; vouchers can be picked up at the VETS office and used at the Bear’s Den in the Memorial Union
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 — Presentation on choices involving alcohol with Mark Sterner, a CAMPUSPEAK keynote presenter, at the Collins Center of the Arts; sponsored by Greek Life
  • Noon–1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 — Veteran panel discussion on “Why Soldiers Miss War” with a video of author and war journalist Sebastian Junger’s TED talk in the Coe Room, Memorial Union; lunch will be provided
  • Noon–1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 — Annual veterans luncheon with guest speaker Chuck Knowlen, Vietnam veteran and chairman of the Maine Troop Greeters, in the Bangor Room, Memorial Union

Free coffee and doughnuts provided by Dunkin’ Donuts will be available at the VETS office throughout the week.

In addition, a presentation titled “Military 101: Introduction to Military Structure and Culture” led by Col. Andrew Gibson of the U.S. Army Maine National Guard will be held from 1–3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in the Coe Room.

The Armed Forces Appreciation football game is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, when the Black Bears take on the University of New Hampshire. The men’s ice hockey team will have a Military Appreciation game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, when they face Vermont.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Llerena at 207.581.1316 or tony.llerena@umit.maine.edu.