Yellow ribbons cover the campus of Sam Houston State University and patriotic songs ring from the Ruth and Ron Blatchley Bell Tower as multiple organizations and departments have come together to honor veterans throughout the week of Nov. 10 through 15.
Veterans Week events continue today with The Armistice Day Observation and Ceremony hosted by the Army ROTC at the SHSU Flagpole by the Bernard G. Johnson Colluseum at 11 a.m. The event will feature guest speaker Lt. Col. David Yebra, director of the SHSU High Potential Employee Leadership Academy.
This afternoon, students can partake in the Veterans PT Challenge, where they can choose to take a physical fitness test from any branch of service.
“These challenges are designed to give the challenger a glimpse of our military men and women’s everyday life when it comes to fitness,” Veterans Resource Center Director Fernando Chavez said in a statement to Today@Sam.
The challenge will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Health and Kinesiology Center.
Tomorrow, the documentary “Service When Women Come Marching Home” will show in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building room C070. The event, titled Women Crush Wednesday, will examine the lives of female military members.
Thursday, letters written by soldiers that show first hand accounts of the military will be on display in the Lowman Student Center Mall. At 3 p.m., licensed clinical social worker Crystal Justice will discuss military sexual trauma in the LSC room 315.
Events wrap up Friday with the VRC hosting the “Grillin’ and Chillin’” in Academic Building III room 116 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Last week, Greek organizations Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Sigma tied yellow ribbons around campus and collected donations to benefit the Red Lion Project, which honors the six fallen soldiers of Marine Heacy Helicopter Squadron 363.
“Yellow ribbons are a symbol of tribute to the men and women who serve in the military around the world and are generally recognized as a symbol that we ‘support our troops,’” Chavez said. “Students, faculty and staff members should take part in making a donation for a yellow ribbon to show their support for the brave men and women who are serving our country. I would venture to say we all know someone who has served or is still serving in the military today.”
Veterans Week events kicked off Monday with the Veteran’s Job and Resource Fair, where approximately two dozen employers spoke to student veterans about future employment opportunities.