The Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs hosts several events in support of our UConn Veteran and military population as well as events to recognize the sacrifices service members have made regardless of their affiliation to the University. Though our schedule of events varies year to year, our office always hosts two primary events, in conjunction with other departments, in support of our veteran and military population.
The first is the Military Appreciation Day Football Game held annually at a Fall home game of the UConn Huskies at Pratt and Whitney stadium in East Hartford. Our office works with UConn Athletics to coordinate volunteers to bring a large flag onto the field to honor our service members through a pre-game national anthem ceremony. Veterans, members of the military, their dependents, and the greater community are invited to carry the flag onto the field and unfurl it in front of a national audience. These volunteers are also provided free admission to the game and are invited to a pre-game mixer with our office.
The Veterans Day ceremony is held annually at The Ultimate Sacrifice Memorial on the great lawn, or in the North Reading Room of Wilbur Cross. This annual ceremony honors the service and sacrifice made by members of the military that have died during times of war and involves a joint color guard by our two resident ROTC detachments, a placing of the wreath by student veterans, and respectful comments by guest speakers. The entire community is welcome to attend.
You can read about some of the past veterans events at the university from the following articles: