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UC to Honor Veterans at Nov. 9 Ceremony

The community is invited to attend UC's annual Veterans Day Ceremony saluting the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, on McMicken Commons.

Date: 11/2/2017 1:00:00 PM
By: Matt Koesters
Phone: (513) 556-5279

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A soldier stands at attention during the 2016 UC Veterans Day ceremony
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Area veterans and distinguished guests will join the University of Cincinnati community at a special ceremony in observance of Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 9. 

The formal Veterans Day Ceremony, led by UC President Neville Pinto, begins at 10 a.m. on McMicken Commons (campus map and directions)

The tribute includes a musical performance by the UC Bearcat Band, presentation of colors by the ROTC Color Guard and remarks by Tristate Veterans Community Alliance President and CEO Dan Knowles and student Brad Ocilka, both veterans of the U.S. Army. 

Dan Knowles
Dan Knowles

Knowles spent seven years on active duty following his graduation from West Point as an artillery officer with the 1st Infantry Division and 101st Airborne Division. After he left the military, he began a successful business career that included leadership positions at Procter & Gamble, Reynolds & Reynolds, and his own international consulting firm in which he worked with leading companies in the healthcare, technology and construction sectors. 

Ocilka joined the U.S. Army in 2010, and is a proud veteran of Afghanistan and Guantanamo bay. After initially serving as a cavalry scout, Ocilka later transitioned into the Military Police Corps. A UC senior psychology major, Ocilka plans to serve the veteran community after graduation as a mental health counselor.
Brad Ocilka
Brad Ocilka


The American Legion Post 530 Honor Guard will conclude the ceremony with three volleys of rifle fire, and buglers stationed in the towers of Tangeman University Center and McMicken Hall will play “Taps.” 

Veterans in attendance will be presented with a commemorative gift following the ceremony. 
UC's ceremony will be held in advance of the national Veterans Day observance on Saturday, Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. The event is free and open to the community. 

For more information, contact Veterans Programs & Services at 513-556-6811 or