A salute to service: Panels, discussions highlight Veterans Week 2016

November 3, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,


Next week, help U-M salute military service members by attending any of more than a dozen events scheduled for Veterans Week 2016.

From panel discussions hosted by veterans to a flag raising at the VA hospital, “the whole week is filled with events to honor our soldiers,” said Phil Larson, director of veteran and military services at U-M. “We all have colleagues, friends and coworkers among us who served — we want to celebrate them and everything they have done for our country.”

Among the educational opportunities are panels on every major war, including Vietnam, Korea, World War II and the war on terror.

The Vietnam War panel, scheduled for Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Pond Room at the Michigan Union, will give attendees a chance to hear stories from war veterans and ask them about their experiences.

One such veteran is Lawrence R. Dolph, who served in the U.S. Army from 1968-70. He said he still has vivid memories of his time in Vietnam — the long marches through the jungle, helicopters flying overhead and the hot breakfasts waiting for him and his comrades when they returned to camp. Just as vivid are the lessons he learned from his time with the military, such as honor, integrity, loyalty, duty, courage and commitment.

While Dolph plans to highlight the values he learned in the army, he said the panel — like the majority of Veterans Week events — will be interactive. “We encourage all members of the community to come to our discussion and bring with them any questions they may have,” said Dolph. “I’m not coming in with a specific goal in mind. I want to see what our audience is interested in and help educate them on those particular topics.”

Veterans Week will culminate on Friday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day — with a flag raising and lowering at the VA hospital, an event open to everyone in the community. The university will also host an invitation-only lunch for veterans and current military personnel at the Michigan Union.

If you want to attend any Veterans Week events and hear remarkable stories of service, sacrifice and perseverance, click here for a complete schedule. And stay tuned to Health System Headlines next week as we highlight some of the incredible veterans we have among us at UMHS.