Honoring and remembering those who have fought for the U.S., UT held a special Roll Call ceremony in recognition of Veteran's Day on the south lawn of Ayres Hall on Monday.
UT became one of 85 schools in 33 states that participated in the Roll Call.
The events were organized by the campus Task Force in Support of Student Veterans in collaboration with UT Libraries, the Student Veteran Advisory Group, Office of Veterans Affairs, the Center for the Study of War and Society and CAPS Veteran Pre-College Program.
The Roll Call began at 7 a.m. and continued until 5 p.m., with a break for a special time of remembrance at 2 p.m. The Roll Call consisted of naming military members lost during combat since Sept. 11 and what branch of the military forces they served.
Nearly 7,000 names were called.
The special 2 p.m. remembrance included a ringing of Ayres' chimes during harmony of the military echo "Taps." This year marks the second year in a row "Taps" was played.
Following "Taps" was an observation of the national moment of silence. Those who attended the ceremony had the opportunity to remember and honor those who have fought for our country.
Ashley Blamey, chair of the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans, explained the two main purposes of the ceremony.
"I think the first is to honor those who have sacrificed their lives in honor of the country since 9/11," Blamey said. "The second aspect is to honor and memorialize Veterans Day, giving our students, faculty, staff and student veterans an opportunity to see a public recognition of their service and also what they bring to the university community."
There are currently 908 registered student veterans and veteran dependents on the UT campus.
Stephen Cohen, who was deployed to Afghanistan for 8 months in the United States Marine Corps, was one of the young men who attended the event.
"Veterans Day is a special day that we all can get together and remember who served, especially for me being a veteran," Cohen said, "it's more important that we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their life for our country.
"Overall, it was a great experience, especially in the Marine Corps. It's the best group of men and women in the world, (and the) finest fighting organization in the world."
In addition to the national moment of silence and Roll Call, there was also an area of the Ayres lawn designated to a flag garden where members of the community who attended could place a small American flag in the ground in honor of any loved ones they had lost.
Along with the events held on Ayres, UT Libraries had an exhibit of World War I and Civil War-era letters, diaries, portraits and other ephemera set up in Special Collections Room 121 of Hodges Library.
Laura Bryant, assistant director at the Safety Environment and Education Center and organizer of the ceremony, explained what she felt was the main purpose of the ceremony.
"Today's main goal was really just to recognize and honor our veterans who have died in combat since 2001 (Sept. 11)," Bryant said. "Also to honor and pay tribute to our veterans who are still living and giving the community a space for folks to come and reflect or experience the day in a way that's important to them.
"Our country would not be what it is today without our veterans, so it's important to honor those who have served our country."