UWS Group Honoring Those Serving and Those Who Have Served

Brandon Weathers
Updated: November 05, 2018 10:12 PM

Veteran's Day is this Sunday, and a University of Wisconsin-Superior group is celebrating those serving and those who have served all week long.


The events and activities are held by the Veterans and Nontraditional Student Center (VNSC). VNSC student manager Scott Holmes said, "people sometimes forget, even though it's right in front of them, that veterans are there and they're so important."

The group is providing students and faculty with the opportunity to write holiday cards to be sent overseas. The table will be set up in the Yellowjacket Union Atrium from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The simple effort aims to give those serving something familiar this holiday season.

Dekotah Miska, also a VNSC student manager, said, "it’ll give them a little sense of home coming to them, and you know, they’re not having their family there, and maybe not getting a lot of mail, and so I think they’ll be very appreciative of it and give them their hearts a little more full.”

Holmes relates personally to the power of mail during his time of service. “Even when I was in basic training and I was in the states, it was a big deal to get a letter," He said. Holmes continued, "especially when it’s from someone they don’t know it’s almost better, you know, because they know that someone took the time to send them a letter.”

Tuesday will include a talk from Chief Nicholas Sawyer on his experience as a member of the gay community in the military from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.  Wednesday will consist of an "Ask a Veteran" Q-and-A from noon to 1 p.m. with UWS student veterans.

There will be a Veteran's Day Ceremony Friday from 11 a.m. to noon. The ceremony will begin at the flagpole across from the Curran-McNeill residents hall with a presentation of colors, national anthem, national moment of silence, and national roll call, which will include the names of the 223 service members from Minnesota and Wisconsin who have lost their lives since 9/11. This year's Excellence in Service Awards will be presented in the Yellowjack Union Atrium.


Brandon Weathers

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