SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah will honor 11 Utah veterans at its 20th annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday in the A. Ray Olpin Union Building ballroom.
The annual tribute is part of a series of events throughout the week, including a panel discussion, a film screening, full-dress military ceremony and a Veterans Day football game.
The panel discussion, “Identity and Service: The Experiences of Unexpected Minorities in the U.S. Military,” will be held at noon Wednesday in the Hinckley Institute Caucus Room, Building 73, 332 S. 1400 East.
A film about war’s after-effects on veterans and their families called “When War Comes Home” will be shown at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Fort Douglas Post Theatre and will include commentary from a producer and the U.’s National Center for Veterans Studies.
The annual commemoration ceremony will be preceded by a bagpipe procession from the Marriott Library to the Union at 10:30 a.m., and the ceremony will conclude with a 21-cannon salute around noon.
The veterans, who were nominated from across the state, are David A. Dungan, pilot, Navy, Vietnam; Quayle W. Dutson, infantry officer, Army, Vietnam; James R. Fowler, flight surgeon, Navy, Vietnam; Ronald C. Fry, infantry officer/Special Forces, Army/Utah Army National Guard, Kosovo, Afghanistan; Edwin “Jake” Garn, pilot, Navy/Utah Air National Guard, Vietnam; Deena D. Haag, apache pilot, Utah Army National Guard, Afghanistan; John “Nick” Hansen, explosive ordnance disposal tech, Navy, Iraq; Robert A Lilly Jr., pilot, Air Force, Vietnam; Christian A. Nelson Jr., engineman, Navy, Vietnam; Verne T. Nelson, wireman, Marine Corps, Korea; Gayle B. Stewart, administration, Army, Vietnam/Korea. They will each receive a commemorative medallion during the ceremony.Comment on this story
The annual Utah National Guard Veterans Day concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle and will feature the 23rd Army Band and Granite School District high school choirs performing an array of patriotic songs.
The week concludes with a Veterans Day football game against Washington State at Rice-Eccles Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. During the game, a U. student veteran, selected by peers, will be recognized as the 2017-18 Student Veteran of the Year.
Tickets are required for the football game, but all other events are free and open to the public.