Despite being forced to conduct mostly online events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have moved forward with a formal Clemson University Military Appreciation Week to be held November 6-12.
“Our goal for Military Appreciation Week has always been to recognize the service and contributions of our military service members and veterans, increase our advocacy and awareness in supporting them, and to celebrate them through programming and events,” said Brennan Beck, director of Clemson’s Office of Military & Veteran Engagement. “Despite the unexpected challenges posed by the pandemic, we are determined to keep that tradition this year. No matter their relationship to the military, everyone is welcome and stands to gain from participating in this important week.”
The events will coincide with Veterans Day, November 11. Later in the month, the Clemson Tigers home football game against Pittsburgh on the Nov. 28 has been deemed the official 2020 Military Appreciation Game.
Military Appreciation Week events include:
Friday-Sunday, November 6-8 YOU CHOOSE YOUR LOCATION
Veterans Virtual 5K:
This is an annual fundraiser to build a Fischer House project in Columbia, S.C. Registration is free and participants are encouraged to sign up and support with participation and donations. This year, participants and donors can choose to affiliate with either Clemson or the University of South Carolina in a healthy competition to see who can gain more support for this project. Walk, run or ruck — do it how, when and where you want! Sign up here.
Monday, November 9, 12-1:30 p.m. VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
Green Zone Training for Staff and Faculty:
This 90-minute workshop provides employees the opportunity to learn about the military and veteran experience, resources to support veterans and ways to become advocates and supporters in building a veteran-inclusive college campus. Register here.
Tuesday, November 10, 12-1 p.m. VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
Camouflage Has Many Colors: Discussing Race in the Military and Veteran Communities:
Join an online conversation about race in the military and veteran communities. Discuss ways to critically discuss and identify issues and work toward solutions to increase diversity and inclusion in our military and veteran communities. Register here.
Tuesday, November 10, 7-8 p.m. VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
CASE in Point: The Realities of Black and Brown People in Corporations and Government:
Mike Horton, combat veteran and West Point graduate, will be presenting on the realities of minority employees in corporations and the government in America as seen through his personal experiences. He will discuss the importance of speaking to the needs of that community and plans to enlighten the audience with some of the challenges facing underrepresented people and the systemic internal narratives that perpetuate those challenges. RSVP here.
Thursday, November 12, 5-7 p.m. HOSTED AT PALMETTO RIDGE IN SENECA AND OVER ZOOM
Veterans Hail & Farewell Graduation Dinner for 2020 Graduates: Join us as we recognize, celebrate and honor our graduating veterans’ military service and academic accomplishments from spring, summer and fall 2020. Graduating veterans must email Brennan Beck, firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
For more information visit the Military Appreciation website.
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