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Honoring veterans at IU campuses

IU campuses across the state will celebrate and honor veterans and service members, those who serve and those who have served, on Veterans Day.

More than 1,700 veterans and service members are enrolled at IU’s campuses, and many more serve as faculty and staff. We thank all IU students, staff and faculty who have served our country over the years.

Here is what each campus has planned to celebrate them on Veterans Day, Nov. 11:

IU Bloomington

Veterans Day Ceremony

IU Bloomington will host a celebration to honor Indiana’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

At sunrise, the IU Army and Air Force ROTC color guard will raise the U.S. flag to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military, in wartime or in peacetime. Retired Col. Kirk White, assistant vice president for strategic partnerships and vice provost for external relations, will lead the ceremony, with Veterans Day remarks by Col. Santee B. Vasquez, commander of Crane Army Ammunition Activity.

The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at the flagpole in front of Franklin Hall, at 601 E. Kirkwood Ave.

The event will also be livestreamed on IU’s Facebook page that morning. The event will also be livestreamed and archived on

RSVPs are requested for the Bloomington sunrise event.

Beginning Nov. 8, the IMU will also host an exhibit honoring U.S. service members who are connected to Indiana University, called IU G.I. Popped.

The service members shown in the display attended and graduated from IU using their education benefits from the G.I. Bill. To create the display, historical photos taken on campus between the 1940s and 1950s were used and edited in the pop art style of the same era.


IUPUI will host a flag-raising ceremony in Taylor Courtyard at 7:30 a.m. on Veterans Day, followed by a ceremony in the Campus Center Atrium at 11 a.m.

IUPUI will also bring back its Military Tattoo Project, in the Campus Center Cultural Arts Gallery. That will be available to see Veterans Day through December.

IU East

IU East will host a Veterans Day ceremony honoring veterans for their service at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Whitewater Hall Flagpole. The rain location will be the Whitewater Hall Lobby. The event will include remarks from veterans and the playing of Taps.

IU Northwest

Veteran's Day ceremony held at the Campus Center on Thursday November 10, 2016.

IU Northwest will host an outdoor flag raising ceremony from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in Bergland Auditorium. All are welcome.

IU Northwest will also host a webinar. “Militant Progressives: Overlap between the military side of IU and diversity at IU.” Organizers say that for most of the 19th century, IU was at the leading edge of higher education’s development of military science programs.

IU Military Science was one of the first gender-integrated programs in the country. As such, it became a training site for military women in World War II and one of the first schools to admit women to ROTC programs. Military Science was one of the first racially integrated activities at IU. Hence, IU produced some of the first Black officers in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

In honor of Veterans Day, this session uncovers the forgotten story of IU Military Science (ROTC) as a force for campus social progress.

The webinar is set for 3 p.m. Central Standard Time Nov. 10. Registration is required for the webinar.

IU Southeast

IU Southeast will hold a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at McCullough Plaza. The memorial will include a bell-ringing service with veterans from World War II to the present, a Fallen Soldier’s table and a recognition of Purple Heart recipients.

IU South Bend

IU South Bend will host a Veterans Day ceremony on at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in the Alumni Room (Admin, Room 251).

Put on by the Office of Veteran Student Services and the Student Veterans Organization, this day will honor service members and veterans, past and present, who have served our nation, organizers said. The keynote speaker will be John Thompson, lecturer in fine arts, and the guest speaker will be Rhonda Culbertson, library sciences.

Following the ceremony, there will also be lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fireside (Rooms A & B.)

For more information, contact the Office of Veteran Student Services at IU South Bend at 574-520-4115 or

IU Kokomo

IU Kokomo will stage a Fallen Soldier’s table in the student center. Educational materials will be provided about the meaning, importance and symbolism of the table and its display.

IU Fort Wayne

IU Fort Wayne will participate in an event with Purdue Fort Wayne, “Serving Those Who Serve,” from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 in the International Ballroom.

The event will celebrate students who are in service-related majors and dedicated to community service, and will honor all student veterans. It will include breakfast, self-care stations and stress-relief stations.

IU President Pamela Whitten will also be on campus that day, and she will meet with a group of student veterans.

Veterans Day flag.