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Veterans Day to be observed on campus in events Nov. 7-12

In observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, several University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire-sponsored events and programs will be offered to campus and community Nov. 7-11.

"It's important to show support of our veterans throughout the year, and Veterans Day is a special opportunity to honor and appreciate those who have or are currently serving our country, said Miranda Cross-Schindler, military education benefits coordinator. "We hope that this week people stop and take a moment to be thankful for the freedoms they would not have without the service of our military servicemen and women. UW-Eau Claire is nationally recognized for the support of nearly 500 military students, so offering a great calendar of events is something we are very proud of."

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will sponsor the following events in appreciation and support of veterans: 

  • Veterans Club flag fundraiser: Flags still available! Those already sponsored have dog tags with name and service information. Purchase a full-size flag with the name/service branch of a veteran or current service member to be flown on the campus mall during veterans week. Flags will be available for pick-up or delivery the following week. Cost is $30 (cash or check payable to "UWEC Veterans Club"). If interested,  email the veteran's name, branch of service and rank (optional) to Miranda at veterans@uwec.edu. This is a great way to honor someone you care about and after the event the flag is theirs to keep. Proceeds will benefit the UWEC Veterans Club and Sunrise Exchange Program of Eau Claire. The display of approximately 60 flags will be installed on the campus mall on Monday afternoon, Nov. 9, and remain in place for the week.

  • Nov. 7, Veterans Appreciation Football Game, 1 p.m., Carson Park.  Free admission is offered for campus and community veterans and their family members to the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds football game against UW-Platteville. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a color guard by ROTC, and all interested veterans will be recognized at halftime for their service.

  • Nov. 9, Veterans Awareness Training, noon-1 p.m., Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (Old Library 1142). This session for faculty, staff and students covers "Military 101" — the transition to campus and resources to support veteran students. This is a brown bag session, so attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. Each participant will receive a placard to display as a sign of support. 

  • Nov. 10, guest speaker Major Angela Joseph, Wisconsin National Guard, noon-1 p.m., Woodland Theater. Major Joseph will present "People and Perseverance," a story of her military service and persevering through change. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Nov. 11, veterans appreciation meal in Veterans Center, Schofield 20, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Campus veterans are invited to stop by for a complimentary meal on Veterans Day. Biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee will be served.