Texas A&M University, with its strong military traditions, will begin honoring the nation’s veterans Friday (Nov. 1) and continue with events planned all the way through Veterans Day on Nov. 11.
Friday (Nov. 1):
• Opening ceremonies for the Defenders of Freedom’s “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit are planned for 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial Student Center (MSC) Flag Room. The exhibit was created by Patriot Productions to honor those in the military who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The display contains a picture along with the name, hometown and other information for each person who called Texas home, including 19 Aggies. It will remain in the MSC through Nov. 8.
• A wheelchair basketball game sponsored by Aggie Adaptive Sports is set for 5 to 8 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.
Saturday (Nov. 2):
• In preparation for the Texas A&M - UTEP football game, the Corps of Cadets will honor all veterans with a Corps Review at 11 a.m. on Simpson Drill Field. All veterans are invited to come and be recognized for their service during this review, which kicks off Military Appreciation Day on campus. Step-off from the Quad, the area where Corps members reside, is 10:30 a.m. for the review. The traditional march-in before the football game will step off at 6:30 p.m.
• Prior to the start of the 8 p.m. game, a “Veterans Salute” is planned with a joint color guard. Combat Marines from San Antonio will attend the game and be recognized. The Student Veteran’s Association plans a tailgate event in conjunction with the game.
• Another annual event during Military Appreciation Day at the game is “11-11 Day,” hosted by Texas A&M’s Class Councils. It focuses on raising money for the Aggie Rings for Veterans Scholarship fund through the sale of 11-11 Day T-shirts – both online and on campus. The fundraising effort also includes a silent auction before Saturday’s game. All of the funds raised will go directly towards helping Aggie veterans get their rings.
Monday (Nov. 4):
• The Department of Multicultural Services hosts its monthly Community Conversation Series to discuss important topics. The program for November includes a panel of Aggie student veterans discussing “Understanding the Veteran Student Experience” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 401 Rudder Tower.
• Corps of Cadets will host a Veteran Appreciation Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Corps Center.
Tuesday (Nov. 5):
• Adult and Graduate Student Services (AGOSS) will host a student veterans panel on “Applying Student Veteran Strengths: The Role of these Non-Traditional Students” from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Room 2401 MSC. Individuals wishing to attend the event, which includes a free taco breakfast, are asked to RSVP by Monday to Charlotteg@studentlife.tamu.edu.
Wednesday (Nov. 6):
• MSC OPAS will present Stephen Lang, an award-winning playwright, stage and screen star best known for his portrayal of Col. Quaritch in “Avatar,” in a one-man show. Lang brings the stories of eight different men to the stage in Beyond Glory at 7:30 p.m. in Rudder Theatre.
Thursday (Nov. 7):
• A recognition ceremony is planned for 2 p.m. in the Bethancourt Ballroom in the Memorial Student Center for Clarence E. Sasser, who was presented the Medal of Honor in 1969 for his service in Vietnam. Sasser will have his name and likeness added to the university’s Medal of Honor Hall of Honor, which currently includes such recognition for seven other Aggies.
Friday (Nov. 8):
• Another Military Appreciation Day event is planned for the Aggie men’s basketball game with Buffalo at 7 p.m. in Reed Arena.
Saturday (Nov. 9):
• At the Texas A&M – Mississippi State football game, a salute to veterans and an Aggie Ring presentation is scheduled. Also, the entire 2,400-member Corps of Cadets will be on the field at halftime to stage the “Block T,” a tradition that was historically an annual event and was re-instituted in recent years.
Sunday (Nov. 10):
• Squadron 17 of the Corps of Cadets will host the “Run for Heroes” annual run to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Wounded veterans run for free and the community can sign up as individuals or as teams. It will take place on the Quad from noon-midnight with starting times every 30 minutes. The Challenger 17 BBQ team will offer burger plates from 12-3 p.m. and again from 5-8 p.m. More information is available on Facebook; a video; a Website; or by contacting Mitchel Gams at 210-422-3551.
Monday (Nov. 11):
• The Student Veteran’s Association will sponsor the annual National Roll Call, a reading of the names of the men and women who died while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. That will be in Rudder Plaza from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
• A Class Council flag ceremony is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., adjacent to Rudder Plaza. Students will have the opportunity to honor a veteran by placing a flag.
• The Corps of Cadets will hold a wreath-laying ceremony with a rifle volley at the WWI memorial near Albritton Bell Tower at 11:11 a.m. Additional wreath ceremonies are planned at 11:30 a.m. at the WWII Memorial in the Corps Plaza and at 11:45 a.m. at the Spanish-American War Memorial at the south entrance of the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center.
For more information about Corps events, contact Annette Walker at (979) 458-1706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Aggie Ring Scholarship, contact Erin Mcgarvey at (281) 989-1125 or email@example.com.
For more information about Aggie veterans, contact Gerald “Jerry” L. Smith ‘82, Veteran Resource &Support Center, (979) 845-3161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.