Yale to mark Veterans Day with ceremony on Beinecke Plaza

The university will observe Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, with a ceremony on Beinecke Plaza at 12:30 p.m.

The ceremony will include remarks from Yale faculty and students, including Alexander Hawke ’14 of Berkeley College and Sarah Barbo, a graduate student at Yale’s School of Management and School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Barbo, Hawke, and graduate student Joel Johnson,who will deliver the invocation, are among nearly 60 student veterans or active-duty military at Yale, according to University Secretary Kimberly Goff-Crews, who oversees the ceremony. Veterans or active-duty students are in over half of the university’s professional schools, as well as the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Yale College.  

Also participating in the Veterans Day ceremony will be Lt. Colonel Terry Johnson, military fellow, International Security Studies Program, 2013-2014, U.S. Marine Corps, 1993-present; Colonel Mark Landes, postgraduate fellow, Jackson Institute, 2013-2014, U.S. Army, 1990-present; Colonel Scott E. Manning, commander of Yale’s Air Force ROTC, U.S. Air Force, 1986-present; Tom Opladen ’66, president of the Yale Veterans Association, 2012-present; U.S. Navy, 1967-1971; Captain Calvin Slocumb, commanding officer, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Yale, U.S. Navy, 1989-present; and emeritus professor and former Trumbull master Harry B. Adams ’45W B.A. ’45W, ’51 B.D.1, U.S. Army Air Force, 1943-1945. Members of the Yale University Police Department will serve as honor guards.

The service will also include the traditional laying of a wreath in front of the alumni war memorial, to the accompaniment of choral music by students from the Yale School of Music and the Graduate School, and a musical salute to each of the nation’s five service branches by the Veterans Day Brass Ensemble.

Those unable to attend in person can watch the ceremony live on the Yale YouTube channel.