UB to hold Veterans Day celebration

Published November 6, 2018

UB will honor the university’s veteran and military service members with a two-part program on Nov. 9.

The ninth annual celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with a flag ceremony at Flint Loop in front of Capen Hall on the North Campus.

Following the ceremonial procession and presentation of colors by the UB Police Color Guard and student cadets of the local ROTC Color Guard, the flag will be raised on the center pole in the middle of Flint Circle in honor of all veterans who have served. The UB Thunder of the East marching band will play the national anthem while the flag is raised.

The invocation will be offered by retired Navy Chaplain Mike Zuffoletto.

Following the flag-raising, the celebration will move to the Buffalo Room, 10 Capen Hall, for refreshments and remarks. A. Scott Weber, vice president for student life, will welcome attendees.

Remarks will be offered by UB student Chanel Powell, an Army veteran and president of the UB chapter of the Student Veterans of America; Troy Miller, director of admissions and an Army veteran who served in the Gulf War with Delta Co 1/327 Infantry Regiment; and Tech. Sgt. Thomas Whitmore of the 107th Attack Wing Intelligence Group of the New York Air National Guard, who is in charge of mission qualification training.

Each will reflect on what it means to be a veteran.

With this year marking the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the day the armistice ending World War I was signed, the Poetry Collection of the University Libraries has curated an archival display featuring manuscripts and other memorabilia of World War I poets, including Robert Graves. It will be on view in the Buffalo Room.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the University Events website.