Veterans Month

A month of honor, remembrance, awareness and support

Each November, the University of Central Florida honors and remembers our nation’s veterans with events throughout the month. The events provide the Central Florida community with opportunities to hear stories shared by veterans, learn about resources and programs available, and support local veterans’ causes.

Ranked as one of the nation’s best universities for veterans and “Military Friendly” by G.I. Jobs magazine, UCF also provides student veterans with dedicated resources to aid them on their path to graduation.

Check back for activities coordinated by the UCF History department and the Veterans Academic Resource Center, in partnership with units across the university and community, for Veterans Month 2019.


Veterans Month Events


Friday, Nov. 1 — Flag Raising Ceremony & Central Florida Yellow Ribbon Project
10am-1pm | UCF Veterans Commemorative Site & Memory Mall

Veterans Month at UCF kicks off in partnership with the Central Florida Yellow Ribbon Project. Help us honor and salute our nearly 1500 student veterans with the annual flag-raising ceremony and join us following the ceremony to macramé yellow ribbons on trees along UCF’s Memory Mall. The Yellow Ribbon Project is a “fiber bomb” community art project that sparks veteran awareness and echoes centuries of yellow cord and ribbon traditions symbolizing the welcoming home of veterans. Local artist Victoria “Macramé Momma” Walsh will curate this fiber art installation that remain on Memory Mall for the month of November.

Join the Mission: Register to volunteer here.

Show Your Support: please choose “other,” then type “Veterans History Project.” Thank you for your support!

Monday, Nov. 4 — “So-called” Disabilities: The Last Stand of the United Spanish War Veterans presented by Dr. Barbara Gannon, Associate Professor of History
3-4:30pm | Trevor Colbourn Hall, room 203

Dr. Barbara A. Gannon will talk about veterans of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars (1898-1902). Like other generations of veterans, these men created their own veterans’ organization, the United Spanish War Veterans. The generation of 1898 needed this organization during the Great Depression when Congress passed an economy act (1933) that reduced their disability pensions.  The United Spanish War Veterans mobilized along with other veterans’ groups and successfully restored these benefits. Despite this success, few Americans remember and honor these men and their wars. This talk will remind the UCF community of their service and sacrifice.

Tuesday, Nov. 5 — VetConnect
2:30-6:30pm | Addition Financial Arena: Veterans Academic Resource Center

Student Veterans graduating fall 2019 semester? Looking to that next internship? Want direct industry advice from the experts? VetConnet is the event for you! Even if you’re not graduating this semester, this event is still for you! Connect to Your Career! – VetConnect allows you DIRECT access to network with employers from a variety of industries to discuss and/or interview for career opportunities! Register on Handshake.

Wednesday, Nov. 6 — Veterans History Day
10:30am-3:30pm | Florida Masonic Home, St. Petersburg, FL

The UCF Community Veterans History Project is collecting, preserving and sharing stories of our nation’s heroes. In partnership with the Florida Masonic Home, the interview day will capture personal experiences of World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans.

Thursday, Nov. 7 — Military and Veterans Networking Event
4-6pm | Addition Financial Arena: Veterans Academic Resource Center

Thursday, Nov. 7- Friday, Nov. 29 — Exhibit: Civil War Veterans: The Grand Army of the Republic Comes Homes
Trevor Colbourn Hall – Third Floor

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was the largest Civil War era, Union Army veterans’ organization. It was the precursor to veterans’ organizations that we know today such as the American Legion. It was also the only racially-integrated national organization in the nineteenth century.  This exhibit will commemorate this organization and honor its black and white members as part of UCF’s month of honor and remembrance for American veterans.

Friday, Nov. 8 — U.S. Marines’ Birthday
12-2pm | Addition Financial Arena: Veterans Academic Resource Center

Saturday, Nov. 9 — City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade
11am | Downtown Orlando

The UCF Community Veterans History Project along with veteran supporters and their families will participate in the City of Orlando Veterans Day parade. This year’s theme will honor WWII veterans, with the parade’s five Grand Marshals all having served during WWII.

Saturday, Nov. 9 2:30 p.m. – Wednesday, Nov. 13 9:30 a.m. — Veterans Flag Day

The Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC), Student Veterans of America – UCF Chapter, SALUTE Veterans National Honors Society, and the UCF Veterans History Project honors our student veterans by planting one American Flag per UCF Student Veteran studying at UCF during the Fall semester.

Monday, Nov. 25 Veterans Nights at Light Up UCF
7-10pm | Addition Financial Arena


UCF History Department Research and Resources for Veterans

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Veterans Legacy Program