UWM to honor veterans with events throughout week

Not just a day, but a week’s worth of activities during UWM’s Veterans Week will honor those who have served.

Events both on and off campus will begin Friday, Nov. 4, and lead to Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

“A lot of these events, like the Veterans Ball and the brunch, go back to military traditions,” said Mathew Armstrong, associate marketing specialist for UWM’s Military and Veterans Resource Center. “This is a way for veterans to see those familiar traditions on campus.”

UWM has a strong tradition of serving veterans. More veterans attend UWM than any other four-year college in the six-state region.

Some highlights of Veterans Week include:

Milwaukee Veterans Ball

Friday, Nov. 4, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The third annual Milwaukee Veterans Ball honors all who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Current and former service members from all branches of the military will gather for a night of ceremony, cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

This event is open to the public and is an opportunity for members of the community to show their support for veterans. Tickets can be purchased at http://vetballmke.eventbrite.com/.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/VetBallMKE/.

Serving Those Who Served Military and Veterans Brunch

Monday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UWM Student Union Ballroom.

Campus and community leaders will serve the fourth annual Serving Those Who Served Military and Veterans Brunch in cooperation with the UWM Student Veterans of America. Brunch is complimentary and open to military service members, veterans and the campus community.

“Dear Veteran”

Monday, Nov. 7, through Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Student Union Concourse.

Civilians will have an opportunity to write their wishes and prayers for veterans in this public art project. The completed project will be displayed in MAVRC through November.

Tracings: Connecting Civilians and Veterans

Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 2 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

In both of these interactive performances, audience members will recite excerpts from interviews with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Civilians and veterans will have the opportunity to talk about military service, going to war, returning home and the personal costs of war.

MAVRC Open House

Friday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MAVRC office in the Student Union, Room WG-99

Observe Veterans Day by meeting student veterans and learning about veterans services, programs and events. Starbucks coffee and bakery will be available in the morning. Soda and sandwiches will be offered in the afternoon.

For more information, contact MAVRC at 414-229-7211, email Jayne Holland at hollan38@uwm.edu or go to the Milwaukee Veterans Week website.

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