UMaine to honor veterans with week of events

The University of Maine will recognize veterans with a week of events to coincide with Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The activities are coordinated by the UMaine Office of Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) and UMaine Veterans Association.

UMaine Veterans Week activities will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6 with the annual American and POW flag raising on the Mall by Army and Navy ROTC. A barbecue to celebrate UMaine veterans will be held after the ceremony.

Classes, except those that meet once a week on Fridays, are canceled on Nov. 10 in observance of the holiday.

Other UMaine Veterans Week activities include:

  • 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 — Small-business administration workshop with James Pineau, senior area manager for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Maine District, in the VETS office, Room 143 of the Memorial Union. Free pizza will be available.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8 — Free lunch available to student veterans. Vouchers can be picked up at the VETS office.
  • 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 — Bangor American Legion’s 3K road race, For Our Vets Purple Heart Run, will begin in Brewer and end in downtown Bangor. Recommended donation is $20 per runner. To register, contact Doug Damon at or 949.4735.
  • 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 — UMaine’s football team will take on the University of Massachusetts Amherst at Fenway Park as part of the 2017 Fenway Gridiron Series. Tickets for the game are 50 percent off for active-duty military and veterans. Tickets can be purchased online.

Free coffee and doughnuts provided by Dunkin’ Donuts will be available at the VETS office Tuesday through Thursday.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Tony Llerena, VETS coordinator and school certifying official for veterans, at 581.1316 or