Salute to Veterans

UND is paying tribute to students who’ve serve the country this week with a flurry of red, white and blue in front of the Memorial Union



Flags in front of Memorial Union.

Flags numbering 1,160 fly in front of UND’s Memorial Union. Each one represents a military-affiliated UND student or dependent. The flag display coincides with Veterans Day, which is Friday, Nov. 11, and with the celebration of Nontraditional Student Week at UND. Photo by Richard Larson.

A field of small American flags stands on the lawn in front of the Memorial Union as UND celebrates Nontraditional Student Week Nov. 7-11.

The flags number 1,160 — one for each of UND’s military-affiliated students and dependents. Those include veterans, active duty personnel, members of reserve units, and students in UND’s Army and Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) programs.

A nontraditional student is defined as anyone 25 or older who is working toward his or her undergraduate degree, according to Jessica Reule, veteran and nontraditional student services coordinator. A nontraditional student also includes anyone with military status, regardless of age.

The University of North Dakota enjoys a long record as being a military-friendly institution. It has been listed by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Top 100 Best Colleges for Veterans.”

UND’s Veterans and Nontraditional Student Services has been conducting an open house and campus tours for students and their families during the week.  The office moved to new quarters at 170 McCannel Hall this summer.

The University’s Army and Air Force ROTC detachments and the UND Alumni Association & Foundation will host a Veterans Day Ceremony to honor our nation’s veterans on Friday, Nov. 11, in the Gorecki Alumni Center.

The program will begin at 11:11 a.m. and will include a color guard presentation, remarks, and refreshments.  Service men and women representing the Vietnam and Korean Wars and the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan conflicts will be guests of honor. The UND community is invited to participate in this event to recognize our service members, past and present, for their contributions and sacrifices.

Richard Larson
UND Today writer and editor