On Nov. 11, UT will honor Veterans Day with a day-long ceremony on the south lawn of Ayres Hall.
Beginning at 7 a.m., the names of the 6,769 soldiers killed in combat since the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be read, marking the third annual campus Roll Call.
According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day is celebrated on Nov. 11 because it's considered the last day of battle in World War I.
An armistice, or ceasefire, was set for the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
"It's just to create a tradition around Veterans Day to give the campus the opportunity to honor people as well as memorialize these events," said Ashley Blamey, director of the Safety, Environment and Education Center & Case Management and task force chair of the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans.
There are currently 908 student veterans and veteran dependents on UT's campus.
This year, in addition to the Roll Call, UT will also be starting a veteran flag garden. While the names are being read throughout the day, flags with the names of soldiers from Tennessee who have died in combat since 9/11 will be placed on the south lawn.
"Folks can go online and reserve a flag, and they can either select that they want to place the flags in the garden to honor living or deceased veterans, or a member of the task force can place a flag in the garden," said Laura Bryant, assistant director of the S.E.E. Center & Case Management. "Our hope is that it will grow throughout the day. We are also going to have a camera up on Ayres that will be taking time lapse photos so then we can put a video together at the end of the garden growing throughout the day, honoring our veterans."
Flags will also be available Monday for those who did not reserve one in advance.
At precisely 1:57 p.m., reVOLution, one of UT's choral ensembles, will sing the national anthem. Immediately following the national anthem, at 2 p.m., UT's campus will participate in a nationwide moment of silence.
This event is hosted by the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans in partnership with other veteran resources on campus. This group was established in 2011 when many young soldiers were returning home from the military and entering college.
"It just became more of a campus focus, to recognize that there is a whole student population that would be joining us, and we wanted to be sure that they knew how much we appreciate their service," said Blamey, also a graduate student in social work. "Also, we have a lot of faculty and staff who have served or are currently serving.
"We want to bring that community together, making sure they understand how much the university appreciates their work."
To sign up as a volunteer to read part of the roll call, email Regina Lewellyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.