Student Veteran Life

Memorial Day 2024

Memorial Day is encased in sacred traditions, community, and remembrance. It is a day in which we celebrate our fallen service members, honor their lives and sacrifices, and a day that we mourn the collective loss of this community.

Memorial Day events aim to raise awareness of the true meaning of Memorial Day and facilitate a way for the military community to welcome in our friends, families, and colleagues to mourn the loss of service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. The 2024 Memorial Day program will focus on our community of students, peers, and alumni, and how the sacrifice of their peers impacted them.

Whether you are a veteran yourself or someone in your family served – most people have a connection to someone who was killed in action (KIA) while serving their country or a veteran who died by suicide.

This year, during May, we will continually connect with our community through SVL Facebook and Instagram, to include posting videos, articles, and stories about the fallen service members. Additionally, we will have a get-together where we can discuss what Memorial Day means to you, talk about healing, and generally connect.

Lineup of Events

On Friday, May 17th (starting at 1:00PM), the University of Washington will be hosting a Joint Service Pass in Review at Red Square on the UW Seattle campus. All are invited to attend this event and there is no necessary signup. Reception to follow in Kane Hall.

On Saturday, May 18th (starting at 7:30PM), we will be hosting a communal gathering at Lumen Field for the Sounders v. Vancouver soccer match.

This is intended to be a community-building activity and serve as a way to reminisce and enjoy the company of our peers. There will be limited spots available for this, and it will be at no cost to the student veterans.

Click HERE to sign up!

On Monday, May 20th (starting at 7:00 PM) We are hosting a Tabletop Gaming Night at Mox Boarding House in Ballard! This will be a one-shot campaign and spots are limited. Based upon availability, spouses or partners may be able to attend. The tabletop gaming information will be updated in the sign-up form below, but will encompass Dungeons and Dragons as the primary event!

You can sign up below for this event by clicking the signup link HERE.

We are continuing with one of our most widely attended events that was very beneficial for many of the participants – Vets Night Out at Shultzy’s! This is intended to be a community-building activity that will take place at Shultzy’s on “The Ave” on Thursday, May 23rd from 4 PM-7 PM. Brews will be covered by OSVL for Student Veterans during this event.

This event is open to family members attending and Shultzy’s is a family-friendly establishment!

You can sign up HERE

On Monday, May 20, 2024 at 9am on the Prairie Line Trail, the VMRC, SVO, PAVE, students, and other UW Tacoma Campus members will plant flags on campus in honor of brothers- and sisters-in-arms we’ve lost in the line of duty. 

The Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony for the UW Tacoma campus will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm. 

This event will educate students, faculty, and staff on Memorial Day observation and our campus traditions, reflect on the importance of proper protocols, and educate about sacrifice, self-growth, and survival after losing someone who died in service to our nation. 

Join us for this Memorial Day Mile on Wednesday, May 22nd from 12:30pm – 1:30pm at the UW YMCA.

This event is paying tribute to our service members who paid the price for our country’s freedom.

Make the self-paced run, walk, or roll of Remembrance one of your Memorial Day traditions.

Our stress-reducing activity workshop this month. Stress can trigger health woes that include everything from headaches to heartburn and insomnia to irritability. Enjoy the benefits of knowing there are healthy ways to handle stress. Join us on Tuesday, May 21st from 11:30am – 1:30pm.

Memorial Week Flag Laying at the UW Bothell will begin on May 20th in UW1-103 and will go from 10am to 11am. 

The Veteran & Military Community Center has partnered with the Diversity Center to welcome the UWB Community to plant a flag in honor of individuals of all who have served. Flags will be displayed through Friday May 24th. A moment of silence will be held at the beginning of the event to reflect on the loved ones we have lost. Light refreshments and baked goods will be provided

Join us on Wednesday, May 22nd for the Veteran Archway Cleanup by meeting us at the UW Bothell Sports Field at 10:30am. Bring a pair of work gloves and join members of our Veteran community and help tidy up our memorial to all veterans!

Join us on Thursday, May 23rd for a Remembrance Lunch in the VMCC (UW1-011) at 11:30am. Pizza and drinks will be delivered to the VMCC during lunch hours. Take this opportunity to build community with student veterans on campus.

Join us on Friday, May 24th at Kenmore lanes from 6pm to 8pm for bowling and camaraderie! Come join the Student Veteran Association and have a fun night of bowling. (Please note this is not a free event).