Veterans to be honored during annual celebration at UT

November 6, 2013 | Events, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

The University will honor the nation’s veterans and their families by hosting the annual Toledo community Veterans Day celebration Monday, Nov. 11.

RenuartThe ninth annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast and Resource Fair will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Savage Arena. The remembrance ceremony that follows the breakfast also will be held in Savage Arena. In years past, it had been at the outdoor Veterans’ Plaza.

Toledo News Now’s Jerry Anderson will serve as the master of ceremonies, and Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., retired commander of the U.S. Department of Defense North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, will give the keynote address.

Renuart has served the country since 1971 when he entered the U.S. Air Force. A command pilot with more than 3,900 flight hours, the general has served as the commander of Fighter Wings internationally and throughout the United States as well as director of strategic plans and policy for the joint staff and senior military assistant to the secretary of defense. He retired in 2010.

“It is important to take this opportunity to honor all of the women and men who have served this country and their families who made the sacrifice with them,” said UT President Lloyd Jacobs, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. “UT is proud to be a recognized military friendly school in the city of Toledo, where we come together on Veterans Day each year to show our appreciation.”

GI Jobs magazine recently featured UT in its 2014 Military Friendly Schools list, recognizing the University for working with veteran-students to translate their military service experience to useable credits for their education. UT also was praised for its online learning options and affordable tuition.

Prior to the Rocket football game against Navy Oct. 19, the University designated a permanently unoccupied seat in the Glass Bowl in honor of military personnel who were or are prisoners of war or have been declared missing in action.

The Veterans Appreciation Breakfast and Resource Fair is sponsored by Block Communications Inc., Lucas County Commissioners, UT, the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio and the Lucas County Veterans Service Commission.

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