University of Utah to Honor 11 Utah Veterans and Award Student Veteran of the Year at 25th Annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony, Friday November 11, 2022. The tribute is part of a series of events planned throughout the week to honor veterans. Events include a concert, a BBQ and a dodgeball tournament.
The memorial ceremony will be preceded by a pipe band procession from the J. Willard Marriott Library Plaza to the Student Union Building at 10:30 a.m. Nominations came from across the state, and all 11 honored veterans will receive a memorial medallion on stage during of the ceremony. .
“The University of Utah is committed to honoring Utah veterans, from World War II to current conflicts, who have made incredible sacrifices for our nation,” said Committee Co-Chair Jennifer Robinson. of Veterans Day. “It has been our honor at the U to host this ceremony for 25 years.”
Since the U began hosting the Veterans Day ceremony in 1998, nearly 300 veterans have been honored, representing all branches of the U.S. military, including the Army, Marine Corps, the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard.
“We are grateful to the university for its continued support of military and veteran student programs,” said Fa’aMai Taupau, the new Director of the Veterans Support Center and Co-Chair of the Veterans Day Committee. “Together, we have built a Veteran Support Center that offers GI Bill services, Veterans Administration-backed counseling, and many other essential programs that support the academic and personal achievements of our military and veteran students. ”
“This adds tremendous value to one of the most diverse and growing organizations on campus,” Taupau added. “We have come a long way since we opened this center 10 years ago. We look forward to what we can do over the next 10 years.
The 2022 Student Veteran of the Year is Cody Crane, in recognition of the “constant, earnest, and energetic effort” he puts into his life, schoolwork, community, and military service. Crane earned his BS in Kinesiology from the U in 2020. He started physical therapy school at the University of Utah last spring.
As director of the neuro pro bono clinic and class representative for the American Physical Therapy Association, Crane oversees the development of policies, procedures, and quality assurance for the clinic, as well as board meetings. administration. Along with other students and licensed physiotherapists, he provides free quality care to patients who cannot afford health care or are uninsured. He also volunteers two hours a week for his duties as director.
Utah Athletics will recognize service men and women from all service branches at a special halftime show during the Utah vs. Stanford football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, November 12. On-field recognitions will include Crane as Veteran Student of the Year.