The University Memorial Center is Colorado's "...living memorial honoring the service and sacrifice of Colorado veterans." - from UMC Mission Statement, 2013
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Veterans Day Ceremony
Please join the University of Colorado Boulder, the Office of Veteran Services, the Student Veterans Association, and the University Memorial Center, in recognizing the contributions made by Colorado veterans. This year’s ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Folsom Field Stadium Club. This year the featured speaker will include Sergeant Neil Duncan, a U.S. Army retired Sergeant who was deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2005, where he conducted combat and humanitarian operations when his vehicle was attacked with an IED in December of 2005. He was severely injured and found himself fighting for his life. He quickly embraced the situation and excelled so that within months of his injury, he was up and running. Sergeant Duncan has continued to use this drive to climb some of the world’s tallest mountains and he is currently working on a private energy investment fund and remains active with several non-profits.
Other speakers will include a welcome from Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, the University of Colorado Board of Regents, Benjamin Purser the President of the CU Boulder Student Veterans Association, Joseph Soto the UMC Board Chair, and a presentation by the Joint ROTC Color Guard.
This ceremony will also host a special viewing of materials from the exhibit, A Century on: Remembering the Great War presented by the Special Collections department.
A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Stadium Club.
Directions to the Stadium Club and Visitor Information: This year the Veterans Day ceremony will take place in the Stadium Club at Folsom Field due to the construction on the UMC’s Glenn Miller Ballroom. Visitor parking can be found at the Euclid Auto Park in between the UMC and the College of Music. When parking in the Euclid Auto Park, please make your way to the north side of the auto park and follow the sidewalk along Colorado Ave to Folsom Field.
Once you are near Folsom Field, please enter the stadium on the east side to reach the Stadium Club. To access the Stadium Club, please take the elevator located in the middle of the concourse to the top floor. Volunteers and balloons will be placed along the path to help provide directions to visitors.
Please consult this campus map for additional information regarding the location of Folsom Field. http://www.colorado.edu/campusmap/map.html?bldg=STTB&x=21&y=13
Contact Information: Please email Kimberly.email@example.com or call 303-492-6161 for additional questions regarding the ceremony.
CU honors our veterans and service men and women!
The University of Colorado Boulder, the Office of Veteran Services, the UMC, distinguished speakers, guests and the public recognized the contributions made by Colorado Veterans and active-duty service men and women at a Veterans Day Ceremony held in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom on November 11, 2013. A reception followed with an exhibit of memorbilia from the UMC's 60 years as Colorado's Official Veterans Memorial and CU's student center.
The featured speakers included Rear Admiral Kerry M. Metz, Commander, Special Operations Command North; Major General H. Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General for Colorado; Dr. Michael Grant, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education; Ben Purser, University of Colorado Boulder Student Veterans Association President; and Tyler Romero, UMC Board Chair. A Joint ROTC Color Guard presented the colors. The UMC was rededicated as Colorado's Official Veterans Memorial.
The UMC Veterans Lounge
In 1947, Colorado Governor Lee Knous proclaimed the planned University of Colorado student union a memorial to “those who served in these great wars.”
And so the CU student center was named "University Memorial Center" (UMC) in tribute to all Colorado veterans, men and women, who have served or are currently serving our country. A Veterans Lounge, located on the 2nd floor of the UMC next to the Reception Desk, displays dedication plaques memorializing these Colorado veterans and University of Colorado students who died in WWI, WWII, Vietnam, the conflict in Korea, the Persian/Gulf Wars, the conflict in Iraq, and the conflict in Afghanistan. There is also a plaque recognizing CU’s involvement in the U.S. Japanese/Oriental Language School. The UMC continues to work with CU's Department of Veterans Affairs to honor the memory of Coloradoans involved in current conflicts.
In the UMC Veterans Lounge you'll see many original artifacts from the U.S.S. Colorado, the third ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the 38th state. Among the artifacts are the Ship’s Bell and Stern Pilot Wheel. In 2002, the U.S.S. Colorado Alumni Association donated a waterline one meter scale model of the U.S.S. Colorado, constructed by Dave Runkle in 1988. On November 11, 2004, the U.S.S. Colorado Association also presented the ship's 48-star "Sunday Flag" to the University Memorial Center.
About the U.S.S. Colorado
The U.S.S. Colorado was undergoing overhaul at the Puget Sound Navy Yard when Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor opened the Pacific War. She was stationed on the U.S. West Coast during March-August 1942, then steamed west to Pearl Harbor.
From November 1942 into September 1943, she was one of the older battleships deployed to the South Pacific to guard against possible Japanese offensive actions in that area. In November 1943, Coloradotook part in the Tarawa invasion. She supported the landings at Kwajalein and Eniwetok in January and February 1944 and the Marianas operation in June and July.
On July 24, 1944, while bombarding Tinian, she was hit by enemy shore batteries, suffering serious casualties among exposed personnel topside.
Colorado's next combat duty was off Leyte in November 1944, where she was hit by two "Kamikaze" suicide planes late in the month. Remaining in the combat zone, she supported the Mindoro invasion in December and the Lingayen Gulf landings in January. During March, April and May 1945, Colorado's sixteen-inch guns bombarded Okinawa in support of U.S. troops ashore. In August and September 1945, she covered the occupation of Japan, then departed for the United States. In total, 93 men lost their lives aboard the U.S.S. Colorado during WWII.
Following transport service in late 1945, she was inactivated. U.S.S. Colorado was decommissioned in January 1947.