The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Office of Veteran Student Services will be hosting the 2019 Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 7. The event will be held on the Hawaiʻi Hall Lawn from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and is free and open to the UH Mānoa campus community and their guests.
According to Kenith Scott, director of the Office of Veteran Student Services, the celebration recognizes Veterans Day, “supports and recognizes our veterans” and welcomes veterans’ families on campus. It also honors those currently serving.
A notable feature of the annual Veterans Day event is the keynote speaker. When asked about the process of finding someone to fulfill the role, Scott keeps Mānoa at heart.
“There’s a lot of speakers to choose from. I do like to find folks that have a connection to Mānoa, either being an alumni, going through the ROTC Program, or have some kind of influence in the verteran community,” Scott said.
This year’s keynote speaker is UH alumnus and Vietnam combat veteran Allen Hoe.
“[Hoe] is significant because he’s a Native Hawaiian veteran. Also, he has a connection to this school, being that he’s an alumnus,” Scott said. “His son passed away in the line of duty in Iraq, but [Hoe is] also a graduate from the Army ROTC program.”
Along with Hoe’s keynote speech, student veteran scholarship recipients will be recognized.
“We have student veteran scholarship recipients every year,” Scott said. “We have two opportunities out there: the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, provided by the School of Nursing, and my office, Veteran Student Services, has a scholarship that’s supported by the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust.”
The Marine Corps 244th birthday will also be celebrated.
“Because the event is always right before Veterans Day, it’s also before the Marine Corps’ birthday as well; that’s Nov. 10. Veterans Day is usually Nov. 11,” Scott said. “We tend to recognize that the Marine Corps’ birthday is coming up so we have a cake we use as refreshments and whatnot.”
Scott hopes that the event will allow the community to come together and show that the school supports veterans and military-connected students.
“I just hope it brings people together,” Scott said. “We’re here to honor and recognize them for their honor and sacrifices.”