On Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m., UCLA Chancellor Gene Block will join military veterans from the UCLA community for the campus’s annual Veterans Day ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony, UCLA will host an information fair with a variety of campus and community resources for veterans.

For three consecutive years, UCLA has been named the best public college for veterans by U.S. News and World Report, in part because of campus services like the Veteran Resource Center. The campus also has been a partner of the neighboring Veterans Affairs campus for more than seven decades, first as a medical affiliate, and now by providing an array of resources including a legal clinic, a family wellness center and a native garden. In addition, UCLA Health provides reconstructive surgery and mental health support to severely maimed soldiers through the nationally renowned Operation Mend program. 

The ceremony, which takes place during UCLA’s centennial year, is free and open to the public. Non-media members may RSVP to eventrsvp@specialevents.ucla.edu.

WHEN

10 a.m. ceremony, resource fair until 11:30

WHERE

UCLA’s Wilson Plaza (map), in front of the Student Activities Center, near 100 Westwood Plaza

SPEAKERS

Gene Block, chancellor, UCLA
Thomas Ruck, director, Los Angeles National Cemetery
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Kwon, professor and chair of UCLA Military Science
Chris Silva, who served in nine countries as a major in the U.S. Army. Silva is now manager of the UCLA Behavioral Intervention Team, which helps ensure a safe campus work environment.
Christopher Jones, a Pat Tillman Scholar and a UCLA doctoral candidate in chemistry. Jones joined the Navy shortly after graduating high school and worked on an F-18 squadron as an aviation electronics technician. He served for four years before pursuing higher education. Jones researches techniques for quickly analyzing organic molecules and biological compounds, and aims to develop technology that will help soldiers rapidly detect life-threatening toxins in the field.

VISUALS

UCLA ROTC attending in uniform
UCLA ROTC color guard at the start and end of the ceremony
Trumpeter from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music playing the Star Spangled Banner
Information fair

MEDIA CONTACT

Alison Hewitt, 818-521-3175, ahewitt@stratcomm.ucla.edu

NEWS VAN PARKING 

Journalists arriving in news vans should refer to the parking information page on UCLA Newsroom.