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 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.


    Thursday, Nov. 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
    Corinne VanNatta

    Emcee Invocation
    Reverand John Schluep

    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.

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

    Appreciation Luncheon

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

    Meet fellow Kent State alumni, faculty, staff and students who have 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 (opening in October) is required by Nov. 1. Parking will be free in the Kent Student Center pay lot on Summit Road.

    Appreciation Luncheon Registration