Ohio State University commemorates Veterans Day with several events
Ohio State will commemorate Veterans Day with several activities over the next week. Many are open to media, including:
* Thursday (11/3) – Ohio State University ROTC cadets will conduct their annual Memorial Rock ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in front of Bricker Hall, 190 N. Oval Mall. The ceremony recognizes the more than 900 Ohio State alumni who died in service to the country as members of the armed forces. The tradition of honoring these veterans dates to 1919, when students, faculty, and staff gathered each week as Taps was played in memory of students who had lost their lives. The program includes a flag ceremony, a 21-gun salute, the playing of the National Anthem and Taps, and the laying of a wreath at the rock in front of Bricker Hall that was dedicated to Ohio State's WWI veterans.
*Friday (11/4) – Open house recognizes supporters of veterans’ new off-campus home. Supporters of a new housing option for military veterans attending Ohio State University will gather at the house, 237 E. 17th Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (11/4). The open house recognizes their contributions and provides an opportunity for them to tour the house and see the results they helped make possible. President E. Gordon Gee will attend and make brief remarks.
The house, which belongs to the university, was fully renovated and furnished with monetary and in-kind donations totaling more than $200,000 from nearly 200 individuals and corporate sponsors, led by Macy’s, Lifestyles Communities, Dupler Office Supplies, and the Meeks Family Fund. Macy’s established a registry of needed furnishings, which supporters could purchase at a discount and hosted a fund raising event for donors.
Currently, more than 1,400 Veterans are attending Ohio State. Veterans from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force combat veterans are able to live in the home, where they form a supportive learning community. The project began in 2009 when a group of veteran students approached the university in hopes of finding a place to live that would meet their particular needs.
With the help of a 29-person volunteer community, funds were raised to renovate and furnish the home and create an endowment to support veteran and ROTC students in memory of Major Lawrence Miller. CONTACT: Colin Brown, director of development, Office of Student Life, 614-292-1280, or Jim Miller, (614) 378-1774.
*Saturday (11/5) – Military flyover. The university has planned a military flyover at the Indiana game on Saturday (11/5) in recognition of Veterans Day. It will be performed by the 180th Fighter Wing based out of Toledo. The game begins at noon.
Editors note: Due to the Veterans Day holiday, Ohio State offices are closed and there are no classes on Nov. 11.