The University of the Incarnate Word will honor all who have served our country, at UIW's 10th Annual Veterans Day ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. The ceremony will take place on Dubuis Lawn located on UIW's main campus.
Speakers for the event are UIW students James Jones and Andrew Montoya. After 4 years of exemplary enlisted service, Jones was honored with acceptance to the Army's Green to Gold program, which provides an ROTC scholarship leading to his commissioning after graduation. Jones is currently working toward his Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business. Montoya is active duty and a major in the U.S. Army. He is a doctoral student working toward a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership.
UIW is home to approximately 1,300 veteran students that are either active duty, veteran or dependents using federal tuition assistance (TA) or VA benefits. The annual Veterans Day ceremony is an opportunity for UIW student veterans and their families to share insights on how their experience of military service blends with the UIW Mission of service.
Guests at the event can also view the "Living Wall," a display honoring students and loved ones who have served in the military. A formal presentation of the Flag Folding Ceremony will be included in the day's events to share the heritage and history of what this important ceremony represents. For the first time this year, UIW students will also host a "Toys for Tots" collection during the event – guests are asked to bring new unwrapped toys to be distributed to local disadvantage children for Christmas. "Toys for Tots" is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve sponsored program.
Following the ceremony, an honor wreath will be placed on the lawn of the Brackenridge Villa on the UIW campus.