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Honoring Veterans On Nov. 11

Hannah Lang '18 October 23, 2020 4:10 PM updated: November 10, 2020 3:59 PM

Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station. Photo by Patrick Danielczyk '03.
Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station. Photo by Patrick Danielczyk '03.

The Association of Former Students joins our nation in honoring and saying “thank you” this Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Veterans Day coincides with Armistice Day, which is commemorated every year on Nov. 11 to mark the armistice signed for the cessation of hostilities of World War I, which took effect at 11 a.m. – the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. 

Veterans Day will be commemorated and recognized across Texas A&M’s campus and throughout the Brazos Valley. In addition, numerous programs at Texas A&M and across the nation serve to support and honor veterans each and every day.

AROUND CAMPUS

Corps of Cadets Annual Veterans Day Salute and Wreath-Laying Ceremony 
Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m.
North end of the Quadrangle

In 1918, at the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns went silent all across Europe, signaling the end to World War I. At the same time on Wednesday, Nov. 11, the Corps will lay four ceremonial wreaths on campus: at the Memorial Student Center, the Spanish-American War Memorial, the World War I Memorial and the Post-World War II Memorial on the Corps Memorial Plaza in honor of all of our veterans.

Following the wreath laying, members of the Ross Volunteer Company will perform a 21-gun salute and the Corps Bugler will play Taps. 

Veteran Resource Support Center Lunch

McDonald’s will provide lunch in the Don & Ellie Knauss VRSC on Wednesday beginning at 11:30 a.m. Box lunches will be provided to the first 30, but arrangements have been made to stagger the participation to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, followed by a presentation by the Bryan High School ROTC program via Zoom at 1 p.m.

Veterans Day Dinner Social

The Texas A&M chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA) and Team Red, White & Blue will host a Veterans Day Dinner Social at Smitty K’s in College Station from 6 to 9 p.m. Wearing a mask and practicing social distancing are required.

Aggie Football Military Appreciation 

Aggie Athletics is taking submissions of photos or very short videos of active duty Aggie military for consideration for use on the video board at Kyle Field as part of Military Appreciation programming on Nov. 21.

Any active duty in-game “shout out” requests can be directed to the following website for submission by Nov. 16: www.12thMan.com/military

AROUND THE BRAZOS VALLEY

Veterans Day Ceremony - Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial
Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. 
Louis L. Adam Memorial Plaza of Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station

Activities will commence with the “Honor Wall Roll Call,” a reading of military veteran names recently added to the memorial’s Wall of Honor. Musical renditions, remarks and presentations to follow include: national anthem and "Texas, Our Texas," special recognition of Brazos Valley Heroes (Service Medley), rifle salute by the Ross Volunteers, Taps and more. This year’s guest speaker is U.S. Rep. Bill Flores '76. More information can be found here.

Veterans Day Ceremony at American Legion Post 159
Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
101 Waco St., Bryan

The public is invited to American Legion Post 159 for their annual Veterans Day ceremony starting at 11 a.m. The socially distanced observance will include music, a keynote speech and a 3-rifle volley by the Post Honor Guard held outdoors in the front parking lot. More information can be found here.

SUPPORTING VETERANS

Don & Ellie Knauss Veteran Resource & Support Center

The Don & Ellie Knauss Veteran Resource and Support Center (VRSC) provides caring and personalized support to Aggie undergraduate and graduate student veterans. Opened in 2012, the VRSC helps our veterans navigate Texas A&M and provides a welcoming space, peer mentoring, and tools to succeed academically and personally. 

Aggie Ring Scholarships for student veterans

Anyone can give to provide an Aggie Ring Scholarship for student veterans at Texas A&M. Read about how here.

As well as donors’ gifts made specifically to Ring or other scholarship funds, any gift made to The Association generally helps support these scholarships. Thank you to all members of The Association who help these Aggie students’ dreams come true. You can learn more by contacting Sheila Connor ’92 at (979) 845-7514 or SConnor92@AggieNetwork.com.

HONORING VETERANS

Project Aggie Valor is an ongoing effort to identify all former students who have been awarded the nation’s second highest award for valor — the Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross or Air Force Cross. View the list or provide additional information at tx.ag/valor.

The Liberator Information Project seeks to identify Texans who helped liberate the Nazi concentration camps during WWII. Please direct individuals fitting this description to this link for additional details here.

This year marks the 102nd anniversary of the armistice of the Great War. See a list, and photos of many, of the known Aggies who sacrificed their lives fighting in World War I here.

The Association of Former Students has a bold vision to engage 100,000 donors annually for Texas A&M by the end of 2020. To learn more, visit tx.ag/100Kby2020. To help us help more Aggies, make a gift at tx.ag/Give.



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