The University of Central Florida will honor veterans during November with a commemorative ceremony, career and resource fair, and other activities. UCF is ranked one of the best universities in the nation for veterans by offering support services along their journey toward graduation and has been ranked as “military friendly” by G.I. Jobs magazine.
Events for the month:
UCF Veterans Wall of Honor: Their Stories are Our Stories
On display in the John C. Hitt Library during November, the Wall of Honor salutes UCF student, faculty and staff veterans with “Their Stories are Our Stories.” The exhibit features individual profiles honoring the military experiences of our Knights. The display is presented by the UCF Community Veterans History Project, the Veterans Academic Resource Center and the Student Veterans of America, UCF chapter.
Wednesday, Nov. 2
A Veterans Career and Resource Fair will be open to all Central Florida veterans. More than 20 employers will be at the The Venue behind the CFE Arena from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information on local veteran’s organizations and resources also will be available. This event is sponsored by UCF Career Services, Mission United, and the Orlando VA at Baldwin Park.
Thursday, Nov. 3
What’s your story? The Veterans Literary Workshop is a free session offering tools and creative ideas to help veterans put their experiences and thoughts into words. Morgridge International Reading Center, UCF Main Campus, noon-2:30 p.m. Limited space is available. Contact Tiffany.Rivera@ucf.edu for more information.
Saturday, Nov. 5
Veterans are invited to take part in a kayaking trip. Hosted by UCF Outdoor Adventure through the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center, there are limited slots available for the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. trip. The fee is $15 and includes equipment, instruction, transportation, and a T-shirt. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tuesday, Nov. 8
To honor UCF student veterans, the Veterans Academic Resource Center will display American flags on Memory Mall. Each flag will represents a student veteran enrolled at UCF this semester.
The UCF Community Veterans History Project will interview local World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans to capture their experiences using oral history. The interviews will be at Westminster Towers in downtown Orlando from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 10
The Veterans Commemoration Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the UCF Veterans Commemorative Site on Memory Mall. The ceremony will feature the Air Force ROTC Color Guard, Army ROTC, UCF Music Department and guest speakers. The event is open to the public. Come a few minutes early and write a thank you note that will be delivered to local veterans.
Saturday, Nov. 12
Several UCF organizations and departments will participate in the Orlando Veterans Day Parade. Hosted by Mayor Buddy Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council each year, the parade honors the courageous men and women of the armed forces. This year’s parade salutes post-9/11 veterans. The parade will start at the corner of Orange Avenue and Robinson Street in downtown Orlando at 11 a.m. For parking details and more information visit here.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
The Office of Student Involvement will host a Veterans Game Night at the Veterans Academic Resource Center complete with food, refreshments, and door prizes. Come for the entire time or just a quick visit, 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 17
The UCF Community Veterans History Project will interview local World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans to capture their experiences using oral history. The interviews will be at Watercrest Senior Living at Lake Nona from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Veterans who are UCF students, faculty or staff are invited guests for Light Up UCF’s Veterans Night, 5-10 p.m. The holiday event offers an 8,000-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink, rides, and holiday attractions. Interested attendees must contact Joshua.Johnson@ucf.edu to receive free admission that night.
Monday, Nov, 28 — Friday, Dec. 2
Veterans Academic Resource Center Late Nights. VARC study rooms and lounge will be open until 7 p.m. for student veterans. Provided will be food, refreshments and a quiet place to study and relax before finals.