Student veterans, ROTC cadets to commemorate Veterans Day

November 6, 2017

Students outside of the Memorial Student Center walk past a flag on Veterans Day in 2016 to honor a service member killed last year.

To mark Veterans Day Saturday, Nov. 11, UW-Stout is hosting Veterans Week events and activities, including the Military Appreciation Day football game.

Veterans Club

On Friday, Nov. 10, starting at about 7:30 a.m., students who are members of the campus Veterans Club will place 29 flags in the amphitheater lawn on the east side of the Memorial Student Center. Each flag is in memory of a U.S. military member who has died in action the past year while serving their country.

The Veterans Club has 10 members this year who are UW-Stout students and active members of the U.S. military, according to President Marcus Vanderkin.

Vanderkin, of West Bend, is a senior majoring in construction. He served five years, eight months in the Marine Corps, including in Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Kenya, South Sudan and Iraq.

The club has two other activities during the week, a map for students, faculty and staff to identify where they have served and a collage where they can contribute photos of themselves. The map and collage will stand through Monday, Nov. 13, in the lower level Skylight Lounge of the student center.

The Veterans Club will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Military and Veterans Resource Center room 304A Bowman Hall.

ROTC cadets

Student cadets from the Army ROTC program on campus will present the colors Friday during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Colfax schools.

On Saturday, cadets will present the colors for the 2 p.m. Military Appreciation Day football game between UW-Stout and UW-Oshkosh at Don and Nona Williams Stadium. Two students will take an oath and join the ROTC program prior to the game.

The ROTC program, part of the Northwoods Battalion, also will host a tailgate party prior to the game featuring free food for veterans. The National Guard will have activities for children, including a climbing wall.

Admission to the game is free for veterans and active members of the military.

Midwest Winds concert Nov. 9

Veterans Week also will include a patriotic performance by Midwest Winds, part of the U.S. Air Force Band, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Harvey Hall Theatre.

Admission to the concert is free, and tickets are not required. Presented in partnership with the UW-Stout Symphonic Band, the event is for all ages.

Memorial Student Center

The Memorial Student Center is named in honor of university students, faculty and staff who have served their country. The student center has a wall of honor on the lower level recognizing those who died while serving.

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Students outside of the Memorial Student Center walk past a flag on Veterans Day in 2016 to honor a service member killed last year.