UTC Honors Those Who Served for Veterans Day

By Samuel Still, Asst. News Editor

In celebrating Veterans Day, UTC and Veteran Student Services came together to honor members of the UTC community who currently serve or have served in the United States Military.

Beginning with a tribute video posted on UTC’s YouTube page here, the week of Nov. 11 included various in-person and virtual events hosted by UTC and Veteran Student Services with the intent of encouraging engagement between current non-military individuals at UTC and military service members of the past and present.

Assistant Director for Veteran Student Services, Squoia Holmes discussed the importance of celebrating Veterans Day at UTC and encouraging non-military individuals to engage with veterans.

“[Veterans Day] is a way to connect veterans and non-veterans through engagement; building a sense of community. Something very important to veterans.” Holmes said. “But also, most of us are fortunate to know someone who has proudly and honorably served our country and have a tremendous amount of gratitude for any veteran.”

In-person events for Veterans Day included archery tag on Chamberlain Field with a performance by the Freedom Sings USA Band, a hybrid online/in-person scavenger hunt, a Veterans Day Appreciation Event in Lupton Hall and a Tai Chi session in the University Center Tennessee Room instructed by Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Zibin Guo, who instructs the sessions for wheelchair-bound veterans.

Online events included presentations by the Department of Veterans Services and Chattanooga Vet Center, information sessions about the Veteran Peer Mentoring Program and UTC’s SALUTE Veterans Honors Society and a screening of the documentary “The Six Triple Eight,” which focused on the contributions during World War II made by the eponymous military battalion comprised of all Black women.

UTC junior Lindsay Francisco spoke about why she feels student engagement is important on Veterans Day.

“It’s important for students to show their support for veterans because they fought for our freedoms and risked their lives for our country.” Francisco said. “Student involvement with veterans matters because it builds relationships between the two groups, allowing students to understand and be inspired by veterans and their stories”

During the week, UTC released their Veterans Day video address which featured speeches by UTC Chancellor, Steven Angle and UT System President, Randy Boyd focusing on the importance of honoring veterans on campus, in the community and around the country.

Angle and Boyd then gave over the address to Department Head of Military Science, Major Kevin Beavers who talked about his experiences as a veteran and why veterans deserve people’s appreciation.

The address ended with a presentation on the history and current state of UTC’s ROTC program and a video montage of members of the UTC community expressing their gratitude for the contributions that veterans have made. For more information about veterans on campus and in the community visit the Veteran Student Services website here.

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