Veterans Day Commemoration

Veterans Day at Kent State is a long-standing tradition to honor those Golden Flashes who have served in the armed forces. Whether you’ve served or if you want to recognize peers who have, please join us as we salute those who served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force. The Veterans Day Commemoration Committee has designed a special ceremony to pay tribute to veterans and servicemembers.

Veterans Day Commemoration  

Thursday, November 7, 2019

  • Flag-Raising Ceremony | Student Green | 10:45 a.m. 
  • Commemoration Program | Kiva | 11 a.m.
  • Appreciation Luncheon | 306 Kent Student Center | Noon

Commemoration Program 

Flag Raising and Color Guard 
Presented by Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC

Will Casterlow

National Anthem


Guest Speaker 
Lieutenant Colonel Colleen VanNatta: Lt. Col. VanNatta’s career highlights include graduating from Kent State's Air Force ROTC detachment, serving as a media escort for Joint Information Bureaus in Dubai and Dhahran during Operation Desert Storm, first female Public Affairs Officer for the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, ROTC assistant professor at Alabama State University, Chief of Public Affairs at Kunsan Air Base in Korea, and Deputy Commander for the Mission Support Group, which is the largest group at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio.


Guests seeking an accommodation in order to attend this event should contact the Office of Compliance, EOAA 330.672.2038 or prior to the event date to discuss their request.  

Appreciation Luncheon

Noon - 1:30 p.m. | 306 Kent Student center

Register by November 3 (registration will open in October) 
Meet fellow Kent State alumni, faculty, staff and students who served. Guests, friends and loved ones are invited to attend as well. Veterans are encouraged to submit a photo of themselves during their time of service to be included in a slideshow during the luncheon. Photo can be attached to the online registration form.  

This event is complimentary, but registration is required. Parking validation will be available.