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Media Advisory: Ohio State will celebrate military students and families with campus flag replacement event

The Ohio State University has a rich and honored history of commitment to military students and families.

In recognition of this commitment, the university will begin a week-long celebration of military students and families with the Inaugural Campus Flag Event, which begins at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Remembrance Park.

The event begins with a short ceremony honoring veterans and active duty military members. University President Michael Drake and U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers will deliver brief remarks and the keynote speaker will be Ohio National Guard Adjutant General Major General Mark E. Bartman.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, cadets, midshipmen and student veterans will disperse and deliver new American flags to every flag pole on campus.

The replacement of the old flags with new flags is symbolic of Ohio State’s unwavering commitment and support of all military members – past and present – and their continued contribution to the university, the community and the nation.

The university is currently home to over 1,800 current veterans, dependents, and active duty, reserves and National Guard members attending as undergraduate and graduate students; over 1,400 current faculty and staff veterans, and over 400 Tri-service Air Force, Army, and Navy ROTC program participants. ​​

Throughout the week, other campus events honoring military and veteran students include

  • The Department of Athletics will hold four military appreciation games – Nov. 2, women’s volleyball; Nov. 3, football; Nov. 9, women’s basketball; and Nov. 11, men’s basketball. For the football game, the university has planned a military flyover in recognition of Veterans Day. 
  • The annual Memorial Rock Ceremony, which honors fallen Ohio State soldiers at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 8 in front of Bricker Hall, 190 N. Oval Mall. In addition, ROTC cadets will lead the annual Veteran’s Day Silent Run around the Oval.

What: Inaugural campus flag event will conclude with military and veteran students delivering new American flags to every flag pole on campus

When: 1:30 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6

Where: Remembrance Park, south of Converse Hall, 2121 Tuttle Park Place