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UC to honor veterans at Nov. 8 ceremony

The community is invited to attend the University of Cincinnati’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony saluting the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 8, in TUC Atrium

Area veterans and distinguished guests will join the University of Cincinnati community at a special ceremony in observance of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 8.

The formal Veterans Day Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the atrium of Tangeman University Center, located on the third floor inside the main entrance to the building.

The tribute includes a musical performance by the UC Bearcat Band, presentation of colors by the ROTC Color Guard and remarks by UC President Neville G. Pinto and Dr. Alvin Crawford, professor emeritus.

Students playing brass instruments

The UC Marching Band plays at last year's Veterans Day observance ceremony. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

Between active and reserve duty, Dr. Crawford spent a combined 33 years in the U.S. Navy. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Iraq. He is a recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal and a retired captain.

Crawford is the first African-American to ever graduate from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He was director of orthopaedic surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for 29 years. He subsequently was awarded endowed chairs in pediatric orthopaedics and spinal surgery, and the Crawford Spine Center is dedicated in his name.

This year's student speaker is Kevin Malott, whose 10 years of active duty in the U.S. Army included deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea. Now an Army reservist, Malott plans to graduate from UC with a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership. He plans to return to active duty and deploy to Cuba next year. 

The American Legion Post 530 Honor Guard will conclude the ceremony with three volleys of rifle fire, and buglers stationed in Tangeman University Center 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 Monday, 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 vetcert@uc.edu.

Featured image: The American Legion Post 530 Honor Guard fires a volley during the 21-gun salute at the conclusion of the 2018 Veterans Day observance ceremony. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

Service members and guests standing up

The ROTC Color Guard and distinguished guests stand during the playing of the National Anthem at last year's Veterans Day ceremony. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

Veterans Welcome

The University of Cincinnati welcomes students from all backgrounds and walks of life, including military reservists and those returning to civilian life after the conclusion of their military service. UC's Office of Veterans Programs & Services was founded to ensure that all individuals associated with the military that chose UC would have a seamless transition from the Armed Forces to college. Learn more here.