Veterans Memorial

  • A photo showing the Color Guard presentation at the 2014 Veterans Day Ceremony
    Color Guard, 2014 Veterans Day Ceremony

    The University Memorial Center is Colorado’s ... living memorial honoring the service and sacrifice of Colorado veterans.– From UMC Mission Statement, 2013

  • UMC Board Chair, Joseph Soto, at the podium, presenting the speakers.
    2014 Veterans Day Ceremony

    UMC Board Chair Joseph Soto

  • Photo of CU Chancellor Dr. Philip P. DiStefano
    2014 Veterans Day Ceremony

    CU Chancellor Dr. Philip P. DiStefano

  • Photo of featured speaker, retired Army Sergeant Neil Duncan
    2014 Veterans Day Ceremony

    Visiting featured speaker, retired Army Sergeant Neil Duncan

  • A photo taken of the re-dedication of the UMC as Colorado’s Official State Memorial to Colorado Veterans.

    On November 11, 2013, the UMC was rededicated as Colorado’s Official State Memorial to Colorado Veterans.

  • Members of the CU ROTC

    Members of the CU-Boulder ROTC assemble in formation to attend the 2013 Veterans Day Ceremony in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom. 

November 11, 2015, Veterans Day Ceremony

The University of Colorado Boulder, Office of Veteran Services, Student Veterans Association, University Memorial Center and the public will join together to honor and recognize the contributions made by our veterans and service members. The ceremony will begin at 11 am in the UMC’s Glenn Miller Ballroom and will feature Retired Major George “Chip” Jones, Jr.

Other speakers include a welcome from Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (interim) Christina Gonzales, Craig Coppock (President of the CU Boulder Student Veterans Association), Emily Breidt (UMC Board Chair), and a presentation by the Joint ROTC Color Guard. The names of two Coloradoans who lost their lives during active service will be added to the plaques in the Veterans Lounge for the ceremony.

This ceremony also will host a special viewing of materials related to the USS Colorado as well as the newest vessel in the fleet, a SSN-788 Virgina Class submarine, to be commissioned in late 2016 / early 2017.

A reception followed the ceremony in the Veterans Lounge, located on the second floor of the UMC. We look forward to seeing you on November 11.

CU honors our veterans and service men and women!

ROTC Color Guard presents colors at the UMC Veterans Day ceremony.

The University Memorial Center is Colorado's “... living memorial honoring the service and sacrifice of Colorado veterans.” – from UMC Mission Statement, 2013

The University Memorial Center was rededicated as Colorado’s Official Veterans Memorial at the Veterans Day Ceremony held November 11, 2013, in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom. 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 members. 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 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.” The Veteran Lounge, located on the 2nd floor of the UMC.

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 USS 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 USS Colorado Alumni Association donated a waterline one meter scale model of the USS Colorado, constructed by Dave Runkle in 1988. On November 11, 2004, the USS Colorado Association also presented the ship's 48-star “Sunday Flag” to the University Memorial Center.

About the USS Colorado 

The USS Colorado (BB-45) 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.

The UMC Veterans Lounge with artifacts from the USS Colorado.From November 1942 to 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, Colorado took 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 16-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 USS Colorado during WWII. 

Following transport service in late 1945, she was inactivated. USS Colorado was decommissioned in January 1947.