A Month to Celebrate Veterans

November events include networking, immersive learning, traditional Veterans Day ceremony.

(Jessica McConnell Burt/GW Today)
November 07, 2016

To commemorate Veterans Day, the George Washington University and the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services have lined up a month’s worth of events for the GW community to honor veteran and military students, faculty and staff and their families.

The Ribbon Project will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, in Marvin Center 401. Open to all students, faculty and staff, this immersive learning experience is run by student veterans to help non-military members of the GW community understand some portion of the military experience.

The university will hold its traditional Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony at 10 a.m. Nov. 11 in Veterans Memorial Park. Guest speakers will include Luann Barndt of the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership and graduate student Adam Popp, winner of a 2016 Pat Tillman Award.

Also on Nov. 11, the GW men’s basketball team game and the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services will host Military Appreciation Night. Fans with a valid veteran, reserve or active duty ID will be admitted free to the game against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks.

The month’s activities also will include career and networking events for veteran and military students. A full schedule is available at the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services’ website.

Holding a full month of Veterans activities "communicates to all veterans that their service and sacrifices are appreciated and valued," said senior Brittany Woodke. "They also provide a time for the veteran community to reminisce, reflect and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country."

GW continued its commitment to military and veteran students by expanding its Yellow Ribbon Program benefits in June. The university has been named a “Best for Vets” university by Military Times since 2010 and has been listed among G.I. Jobs’ “Military-Friendly” institutions since 2009.