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University and Reno community to hold 2016 Veterans Day events

The University, along with the Reno Community, will host several events this year including a free luncheon for student veterans, a flag retirement and more

Veterans Services and other volunteers will plant 2,000 miniature flags in the lawn of the Gateway Plaza in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union this year

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11/4/2016 | By: Hannah Richardson |

The University of Nevada, Reno has annually shown their support for the students, faculty and staff who have served our country. This year, the University is holding several events to honor our veterans including movie nights, miniature flag planting, banner signing, the Veteran's Day Luncheon, a flag retirement ceremony and a tailgate party hosted by the Veterans Alumni Chapter.

Earlier this year, the University opened the doors of the newly constructed William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center on campus. The building houses several student resources, including an additional space for Veterans Services, called the Nevada Military Support Alliance Veterans' and Military Center. The center offers student veterans countless services including VetLINC, VetSMART, V.I.T.A.L and more.

"The community comes together nicely to recognize Veterans Day, but I think our campus, as well as the greater community, does so much to support our veterans through the year," Terina Caserto, director of the Veteran Services Office, said. "We recognize who our veterans are, who our students in the military are, who their families and dependents are, and we offer services to them every day. It's not just about that one day, or one week, per year."

Listed below are the University's events offered in honor of Veterans Day.

Veterans sale at the Wolf Shop - Monday through Thursday, Nov. 7-10

The Nevada Wolf Shop in the Joe Crowley Student Union is offering 20% off clothing, fashion, supplies, gifts and general books (exclusions apply) in appreciation for the University's student veterans. A percentage of the proceeds from sales during the week will be donated to the University's Veteran's Services.

Recovering movie night - Friday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m.

The Joe Crowley Student Union is co-sponsoring with the City of Reno, Disability Resource Center, and Veteran Services Office to show the movie Recovering in the Student Union Theatre. The documentary film chronicles the lives of injured troops healing from the wounds of war through the organization Ride 2 Recovery. The event will also include a panel of athletes who have participated in the Ride 2 Recovery organization. The free event is open to the community, and the Student Union will provide free popcorn and drinks.

Flag Planting - Monday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The University's Veteran Services Office, with the help of volunteers, will plant 2,000 miniature flags in the lawn of the Gateway Plaza in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union. This annual event brings recognition to our veterans and to those still serving. To help plant flags, volunteers register at the University's Give Pulse account.

Banner Signing - Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 7-9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The University of Nevada, Reno's Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) will provide a banner for students to sign to personally thank their friends, family and teachers for their service in the military. The banner will be presented at the Veterans Day Luncheon Thursday, Nov. 10, and will then be hung up in the Nevada Military Support Alliance Veterans' and Military Center.

"The banner represents a tangible piece of good will," Caserto said. "It reminds us all year that this campus is a huge supporter of our veterans and military students."

Central Intelligence movie night - Wednesday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m.

The Joe Crowley Student Union will be showing Central Intelligence in Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre in honor of Veterans Day. The movie viewing is open to all students, including veterans, veterans groups and other peer groups to enjoy. The Student Union will provide free popcorn and drinks for both of the movie nights.

Veterans Day Luncheon - Wednesday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The University's ASUN, with planning through the Senate Committee on Public Affairs, will host the Veterans Day Luncheon in the Blind Onion on the third floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union. Student veterans will be treated to free lunch and presented with a banner, signed by their friends, family, mentors and professors. University President Marc Johnson will also attend the event and will speak at 12:30 p.m.

"ASUN has annually shown support for our students and faculty that have served our country and we are honored to express our gratitude this year," Keely Eshenbaugh, senator of the College of Liberal Arts in the University's ASUN, said. "When the ASUN 2016-2017 school year's budget was allocated by President Boone, he immediately set aside $1,000 to host a celebration thanking members of the Wolf Pack who served in the military."

Flag Retirement Ceremony - Thursday, Nov. 10, noon

The University's Veteran Services Office is partnering with Reno's District 1 American Legion to host its first flag retirement in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union. John Starzyk, the intake coordinator at the Veteran Services Office, will be leading the event, and he will explain the reasons for retiring a flag. Once a flag has served our nation, whether it is flown locally or around the country, the flag is cut and then placed in a fire pit and burned, all in a proper and respectful manner.

Caserto welcomes the community to come learn about what it means to retire a flag, and be able to reflect upon our nation and those that serve and who are still serving our nation. Caserto also said that she would like to see the flag retirement ceremony become an annual event, depending on the number of flags ready to retire in the community.

Veterans Alumni Chapter Tailgate Party - Saturday, Nov. 12, 2:30 p.m.

The Veterans Alumni Chapter is hosting a tailgate party near Peccole Field. Nevada will play against San Diego State, and the tailgate will run until kickoff at 7:30 p.m. The Chapter will provide free, grilled food for chapter members, student veterans and transfer student veterans from Truckee Meadows Community College and Carson City.

Zack Totans, the president of the Veterans Alumni Chapter, said this is the first time they are hosting a tailgate party before a University of Nevada, Reno football game. According to Totans, the Chapter wants to bring everyone together for some good food, games and to bring awareness to what the Veterans Alumni Chapter does for student veterans and other veterans around Reno.

Student veterans from the University, including Omega Delta Sigma, the National Veterans Fraternity on campus, Student Veterans of America, also known as Wolf Pack Vets, and other student veterans from TMCC and Western Nevada College, will also be participating in the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Reno, Friday, Nov. 11, starting at 11 a.m.

To learn more about these events, visit the University's events calendar or the University's Give Pulse account.

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