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UNF honors Veterans Day with flag display, tribute ceremony, art and wellness projects

In honor of Veterans Day, the University of North Florida is hosting a series of free and open-to-the-public projects throughout November to recognize and remember our military heroes.  

Veterans Day Flag Display  

The annual Veterans Day Flag Display will take place at the UNF Green from Monday, Nov. 6, through Friday, Nov.10. There will be over 1,500 American flags on display to represent the military-connected students on campus.  

Veterans Day Tribute Ceremony  

To honor and recognize UNF students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members who have served or are still serving in the U.S. Military, the annual tribute ceremony hosted by the UNF Military and Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Veterans Plaza at the John A. Delaney Student Union. The guest speaker will be Lt. Gen. Richard Tryon, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) and senior fellow for international leadership in the UNF Hicks Honors College. Upon graduating from the Naval Academy, Tryon was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1975. He quickly rose through the ranks of responsibility and hierarchy, building a distinguished 44-year-long career that had him appointed Special Operations Command of Europe; Deputy Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the Pentagon; Commanding General of the Multinational Force-West in Iraq; and Commander of the Marine Corps Forces Command in the U.S and Europe.  

Veterans Themed Market Day  

The MVRC will cohost Market Days with the Student Union for UNF students, faculty and staff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Osprey Plaza.  

Marines Birthday Party 

The MVRC will celebrate the U.S. Marine Corps’ birthday with cake for students, faculty and staff at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the MVRC in Founders Hall.

Combat Paper Art Exhibition 

A showcase of artworks produced during a Combat Paper workshop series held over the weekend, led by printmaking professors Sheila Goloborotko and Drew Francis Cameron, will be on display in the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery at the John A. Delaney Student Union from Thursday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 24. During the workshop series, veterans and family members of those who served honored their military service by transforming old uniforms into art.  

“Military in Memoriam” at the UNF Seaside Sculpture Park 

The UNF sculpture program installed five new student-created sculptures at UNF’s Seaside Sculpture Park at Jacksonville Beach, including Ethan Harmon’s “Military in Memoriam.” The sculpture was designed to pay homage to the sacrifices those who have served in the U.S. military have made since WWII. Each tag shows the total number of active-duty service members and combat-related deaths in each branch to bring to light the number of people who have given their lives for our country.  

Veterans Health and Wellness Monitoring Program 

Later this week, UNF MedNexus will launch a pilot program to help veterans in Flagler County track their health and fitness stats. More details will be released soon.