November is National Veterans and Military Families Month. To honor all those who serve our nation, UCF is hosting a number of alumni events and activities throughout the month, both on and off campus.
“Veterans Month at UCF honors Americans of all races, creeds, races, genders, classes, and sexualities and their contributions to the nation during their service and afterward,” said Barbara Gannon, assistant professor. the history and power of Veterans Month at UCF for over ten years. “I think it’s important to honor veterans because they remind us that Americans can do great things when they work together and put aside their differences. Veterans did this and we we can too.”
Throughout the month, UCF members will have the opportunity to learn about alumni, connect with other alumni and alumni and celebrate alumni’s new work at the university. Below is a list of Veterans Month events coordinated by the UCF History department and the Office of Military and Veteran Student Success in partnership with university and community units.
Sunday, Nov. 6 – Thursday, Nov. 10: UCF Student Veterans Flag Week
The Military and Veteran Student Success Center, with the help of the Army and Air Force ROTC, will plant more than 1,400 American Flags at Memory Mall throughout the week of Nov. . Students can volunteer to help plant flags at Memory Mall throughout the week.
Wednesday, Nov. 9: Veterans Title & Purple Heart Pledge, Honoring War Wounded Veterans.
At the Memory Mall between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., the Veterans History Project (VHP) is working with the Air Force and Army ROTC and the Military and Veteran Student Success Center of the when Veterans are welcomed to honor the Seventh Day.
The event will include the raising of the American flag, the playing of taps and the Purple Heart Proclamation along with information about UCF’s status as a University of the Purple Heart. The award recognizes and honors the university’s veterans who were wounded in combat while serving their country and are now pursuing their studies. higher education and career at UCF.
Tuesday, Nov. 15: Veterans History Project Story Day – Veterans Emergency Service
The UCF Community Veterans History Project (VHP) collects, preserves, and makes available to the public the experiences of Central Florida veterans. The archives collected by the VHP are archived and made available digitally through the UCF Libraries. The project also contributes selected histories of veterans to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Throughout the month of November, the VHP will host two “Story Days”. Each story day VHP team members will meet with veterans to collect, preserve and honor the stories of Florida’s Veterans. The second day of talks will take place on Zoom and focus on gathering stories from veterans currently working in the emergency services. Students can email [email protected] for more information.
Gannon, himself, was the VHP’s chief investigator. For more than a decade, Gannon has worked with students to preserve these stories.
“The VHP is documenting the stories of veterans throughout the year. We believe that every day is Veterans Day,” Gannon said.
Wednesday, Nov. 16: Florida France Soldiers Story
The John C. Hitt Library, room 402 will host a panel discussion and workshop from 4:30 to 5:30 pm with panelists Dr. Amelia Lyons, Elizabeth Klements, Marie Oury, Diana Dizon and Evan Murray along with UCF researchers Mr. Richard Harrison and Mr. Rich Gause.
The Florida-France Soldier Stories project seeks to tell the stories of Florida soldiers buried in American Battle Monuments Commission cemeteries in France. The goal of the project is to honor and commemorate the heroes who gave their lives to support the army, free France, and defeat Germany in World War II. The project also teaches students participating in this research study about the history of France and Florida during World War II, the history of individual soldiers, and the use of historical research methods. in their work.
Wednesday, Nov. 30: Veteran Knights Tour – Discussion with UCF Alumni Veterans
The history department will sponsor a discussion between seniors at 6 pm via Zoom. They will discuss the transition from military personnel to student, their experiences at UCF, and how the UCF education and their military skills have gotten them to where they are today. .
Jim Stoddard ’14 ’20MA a Texts and Technologies Ph.D. student and director of the event. A veteran himself, he knows firsthand how supportive UCF is of its alumni.
“There are a lot of students on campus,” Stoddard said. “I think it comes from being one of the campuses with the most students in the country, but I don’t think it’s the only reason. eat our vets on campus. In my experience, and people who have similar backgrounds to me, the school is very helpful and considerate.”
During these events to mark Veterans Month, UCF supports approximately 1,400 students each year.
Recently, the UCF Veterans Legacy Program, (VLP) in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration (NCA), received a new grant this year to help Florida schools teach students about old history.
Building on work from 2017 through 2019, the new UCF VLP grant will work with teachers in Florida K-12 schools to create unique classroom projects in a 10-day workshop. made at the headquarters for the Florida National Guard, located in the St. Francis Barracks and the nearby cemetery of St. Augustine National Cemetery.
“We are very excited to partner with the Florida National Guard to be able to connect young students across the state with the stories of veterans through their local NCA cemetery,” said the Associate Professor of History Amelia Lyons, principal investigator for the project.
The researchers and national partners who developed the project will celebrate and promote the new grant at a gathering with guests from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration (NCA).
Earlier this year, UCF received the Silver Award on the 2022-23 Military Friendly Schools list, an organization that measures commitment, effort, and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefits for the military. UCF also offers a number of scholarships and resources available to veteran students, including the Office of Military and Veteran Student Success and UCF RESTORES, a research center for non-profit hospitals and clinics. treatment.
“Celebrating Veterans Month at UCF is one part of creating a culture of innovation and inclusion,” said Mike Kepner, veteran veteran and director of the Office of Military and Veteran Student Success.