Honoring those who serve us: UTSA Veterans Day events Nov. 7-11

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(Nov. 6, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will recognize Veterans Day by honoring veterans and service members of the U.S. Armed Forces with public events Thursday, Nov. 7 to Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7: UTSA will observe a moment of silence at the UTSA Main Campus Sombrilla Plaza. Immediately following this, campus and community volunteers will read the names of fallen service members as part of the Remembrance Day National Roll Call. Each year, more than 100 colleges and universities across the nation observe a simultaneous minute of silence to recognize the sacrifices of those who currently or have fallen in the course of their service. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit va.eku.edu/rollcall.

4:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7: The UTSA Army and Air Force ROTC units will conduct a Pass in Review ceremony at the UTSA Main Campus Sombrilla Plaza. The Pass in Review is a long-standing military tradition that began as a way for a newly assigned commander to inspect his troops. The event is free and open to the public.

6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7: The Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) will commemorate the more than 300 San Antonio and Bexar County service members killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War with the "Faces with Names" Dome Exhibit. The ITC will project photos of each service member on the side of their building. UTSA President Ricardo Romo will give opening remarks. The event is open to the public. For more information, visit the "Faces with Names" website.

1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9: This Saturday is Military Appreciation Day at the Alamodome. All veterans and active military will be honored during the UTSA vs. Tulane football game. This event is open to the public. For tickets, call the UTSA Athletics Ticket Office at 210-458-UTSA (8872).

11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11: The UTSA Downtown Campus will honor service members with a wreath laying ceremony, moment of silence and National Roll Call on Veterans Day in Bill Miller Plaza. Yellow ribbon pins will be given away. This event is free and open to the public.

5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11: The public is invited to attend a Veterans Day Tribute Concert by Atlantis the Band in the Arts Building Recital Hall at the UTSA Main Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

"The Student Veterans Association at UTSA wants to honor and pay respect to our fellow brothers and sisters who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country on this Veterans Day 2013," said Michael Huebner, president of the Student Veterans Association (SVA), the premier student veterans advocacy organization at UTSA. "With these events, the SVA and UTSA want to honor all current and former veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces."

More than 1,800 service members, veterans and military-affiliated dependents attend UTSA. In keeping with its title of one of the most military-friendly schools in the United States, as named by G.I. Jobs magazine, UTSA offers its student veterans community numerous resources and services to further their academic success. View a full list of veterans resources.

For more information about the UTSA Veterans Day events, contact Elvira Jacquez at elvira.jacquez@utsa.edu or 210-458-4009.

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About Veterans Day

Originally called Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I, it was changed to Veterans Day in the United States in 1954 to honor all veterans and the war dead.

President Dwight Eisenhower's Veterans Day announcement: "I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, president of the United States of America, do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, Nov. 11, 1954, as Veterans Day. On that day, let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air and on foreign shores to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain."