Military appreciation activities October 30 to November 11 at WIU – Western Illinois University News

Military Appreciation Activities October 30 – November 11 at WIU

25 October 2021

MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University honors military service throughout the year. In recognition of Veterans Day, WIU will be hosting military appreciation activities from Saturday October 30 through Thursday November 11.

Attendees of any University sponsored event or facility should be vaccinated, and all staff, faculty, students, and guests are required to wear face coverings in all indoor campus environments.

Saturday October 30 – from 8:30 a.m.
Fallen soldier 5 km run / walk

Each year, the University hosts the Fallen Soldiers 5K to raise funds for the WIU Fallen Soldiers Scholarship Fund, which supports veterans and military personnel currently enrolled in Western. Prior to the race, a special program is held to honor our fallen soldiers for whom the scholarship has been established and to recognize current scholarship recipients. More information on how you can honor veterans and participate in the 5K run / walk can be found at

Monday November 1 – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Preparation of the care package
House of the Elders

As we head into the holiday season, WIU wants to recognize deployed and activated students and alumni. The Alumni House will be open from noon to 3 p.m. for the WIU community to help assemble packages that will be mailed to active duty students and alumni. If you, or your organization, would like to donate items to share in our packages, contact Jeremy Robinett at [email protected] Monetary donations to offset shipping costs can be made at

Tuesday November 2 – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Thursday November 4 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
What it means to be a Leatherneck
University Union Capitol Rooms and via Zoom (

WIU World War I and WWII veterans contributed to the University’s rich heritage, including our symbols, traditions, and commitment to inclusion. Cory Booher, Marine Corps veteran and current president of the WIU Veterans Club, will share a presentation commemorating the military accomplishments of Colonel Raymond “Rock” Hanson.

Wednesday 3 November – 3.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. and
In their own words: Panel of Veterans and Cadets
University Union Lincoln Room and via Zoom (

Students of military service will discuss how their military experiences have shaped them as individuals and as students. This event is organized by the Veterans Club and the WIU ROTC.

Wednesday November 3 – 3 pm-6pm
The Battle of the Branches Bench Press Competition
Leisure on campus

Veterans and military personnel will have a bench press competition at the Spencer Student Recreation Center. The winning branch will have a trophy or plaque with the total weight lifted and the branch name displayed in the Recreation Center. To schedule a time, contact Nick Knowles at [email protected]

Thursday November 4 – 4-5 p.m.
All-Star Tug of war
Leisure on campus

In recognition of Colonel Rock Hanson’s contributions to WIU, Campus Recreation will host the All-Star Tug of War, in honor of Colonel Rock Hanson. Teams of four will compete outdoors wearing masks. The event is free for student teams from campus departments, residence floors, classrooms and student organizations. The winning team will be rewarded with a trophy hosted at Campus Recreation. For more information or to register a team, contact Knowles at [email protected]

Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day – 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Flags of love
Chandler Park

The recognition begins with the putting up of love flags by volunteers at 7 a.m. in Chandler Park on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11. The flags will be removed at 5 p.m. the same day.

Thursday November 11 – 11 am-12pm
Military tribute ceremony
Sherman Hall Flagpole

The ceremony will honor veterans and military personnel. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Sherman Hall auditorium on the third floor.

Thursday November 11 – 7:30 p.m.
Veterans Appreciation Concert
COFAC recital hall and

The WIU School of Music will present a special Veterans Appreciation Concert at 7:30 p.m. on November 11 in the COFAC Recital Hall. The concert is presented by the Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mike Fansler, with guest singer Alphonzo Cooper, Jr. Participation in the hall will be limited to 100 spectators; those interested can book free tickets the week before the event by contacting Joanie Herbert at [email protected] The concert will also be broadcast live so that people back home can join.

WIU Athletics will also honor the veterans in Saturday’s football game between the Leathernecks and Illinois State University at Hanson Field.

For more information on any of the activities, contact the Veterans Resource Center at (309) 298-3505.

Posted by: WIU News ([email protected])
University Relations Office

Sara H. Byrd

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