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UTB to Honor Veterans with a Week of Activities

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS - NOV.7, 2013 - Monday, November 11 is Veterans Day and 60 American flags will be posted along the walkway in front of Main on University Blvd for the 14th annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday at The University of Texas at Brownsville.
The public is invited to the ceremony that will begin at 11 the lawn in front of the Library at University Blvd.   U.S. Congressman Filemón Vela will deliver the keynote address at the event which will include the playing of Taps, a 21 gun salute and music selections by the UTB Master Chorale.
14th Annual Veterans ceremony at UTB. 
“Our university welcomes our veterans with open arms knowing what sacrifices they have endured,” said David. F. Rivera, Director of Veterans Upward Bound. “Critics can argue our call to serve, but they can never take away our pride in serving our great nation. We will honor our veterans not only at the ceremony but all week at various activities.”
The Department of Student Life will have on display a Memory Wall to write positive words of encouragement for loved ones and veterans currently deployed. 
UTB will also be part of a nationwide grass-roots effort called The National Roll Call 2013 project to honor those who have served and are serving, as well as the fallen. Members of the campus community will read the names of 8,400 veterans, living or deceased, who have served in any or all eras of service.
The national roll call will take place in the courtyard of Main following a moment of silence. Volunteers will read names from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday Nov. 11 and 9 11a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Wednesday, Nov. 13, and Friday Nov. 15.
The Division of Enrollment Services will honor student veterans at an event from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  Thursday, November 14, in the courtyard of Main.
UTB is a military friendly school and is committed to helping current and former military students start or continue their education.
National Guard members salute the flags. 
At the Office of Veterans Services, veterans can receive assistance with enrollment, registration, advising and help navigating the paperwork of the various financial aid opportunities available to veterans.
“UT Brownsville is proud to serve those who have served our country and is committed to helping our new and returning veterans and their dependents and all our students to achieve their goals,” said Patricia H. Rodriguez, Administrative Services/Operations Manager.  
The Office of Veterans Services is located inside the Enrollment Center @ the Tower in Main,. For more information, please call (956) 882- 8980 .
Another veteran-focused program on the UTB campus is Veterans Upward Bound, located in room 2.28 of the Student Union on Ringgold Road. Veterans are encouraged to seek support services such as pre/post assessment testing, academic tutoring and career counseling.  
For more information on Veterans Upward Bound, contact David Rivera at 956-832-7127 or
In case of inclement weather, the Veterans Day ceremony will be moved to El Gran Salon.


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