Nov. 9: Veterans Day observances at UCLA

UCLA honors the members of the Bruin community who have served with a ceremony and a resource fair


On Friday, Nov. 9, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block joins two Marine veterans in speaking at the university’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. Visuals include:

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

10:30 a.m. ceremony, 11 a.m. information fair

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


  • UCLA Chancellor Gene Block
  • Marine veteran Tess Banko, UCLA executive director of the UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center
    • The head of UCLA’s one-of-a-kind family resilience center on the VA campus can identify with those she serves because she has directly experienced many of their struggles. After a devastating injury at age 22, she returned to civilian life and pursued continued service through social work and leadership. She lost her first husband to suicide while he was deployed overseas in 2004. In 2013, she was diagnosed with PTSD from sexual trauma experienced while in the military. Between her personal experience and her education, she’s in an ideal position to give back and counsel veteran families in the ground-breaking center.
  • Marine veteran Zeeshan Parvez, UCLA doctoral student in materials chemistry and 2018 Tillman Scholar

Ricardo Vazquez, 310-206-3986,

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