Utah State University will honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces with events on and around Veterans Day, Nov. 11, on the Logan campus.
“Our USU Veterans are among the most honorable and determined men and women I know,” said USU Veterans Resource Office Director Andy Allen. “They volunteered to go into harm’s way to protect and defend not only the ideals and freedoms of America, but to provide relief and support to those who could not fully help themselves. Now they are determined to transition into civilian life by furthering their education and achieving their goals and aspirations for a better life for themselves and their families.”
Allen, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, coordinates resources for veterans at USU through the university's Veterans Resource Office. The office is partnering with the Cache Valley Veterans Association to invite veterans beyond USU's campus communities to join in this year's events, as well.
A Tribute to Veterans will begin at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in front of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
A Veterans Day Barbecue will follow Friday morning's tribute, from noon to 2 p.m. at Legacy Field. The barbecue will be free (while supplies last), and lawn games will be provided by USU Campus Recreation.
A food drive for veterans will be hosted by the College of Education and Human Services at the event.
A walk/run beginning at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Aggie Recreation Center will make its way around campus and end at the Quad, where participants will help set up flags.
A Tribute to Veterans will be the half-time show during the USU Football Game on Nov. 5 at Maverik Stadium, and again at halftime at the USU Basketball game Nov. 11 in the Spectrum.
A Veterans Day Memorial Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Chase Fine Arts Center in the Daines Concert Hall.
The American Festival Chorus and USU Symphony Orchestra will tribute veterans with their performance. This year's guest speaker will be Jennie Taylor, widow of Major Brent R. Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden and Utah Army National Guard officer who died on deployment in Afghanistan.
Ages 8 and up are welcome to attend the concert. Tickets, which are free, are required and available at the American Festival Chorus's website.
A POW/MIA vigil hosted by Air Force ROTC will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and continue for 24 hours on the Quad to honor missing veterans.
Letter-Writing to Veterans will be hosted by the College of Education and Human Services from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 7, location to be announced.
An earlier letter-writing event was hosted by the Huntsman School of Business on Sept. 27.
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