Veterans Day at UNM
Posting of the Colors
Credit: David Sedillo

The Student Veterans Association of the University of New Mexico (SVUNM) holds a Veteran Awareness/Appreciation Fair with participation by many veteran organizations on Friday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on UNM Smith Plaza. Parking is available at the Lomas Parking Structure on the corner of Lomas and Yale Boulevards.

Additionally, SVUNM will conduct its annual “Mile of Coins” on Smith Plaza to raise funds to pay for local veterans to be removed from the waiting list to receive their service dog from Paws and Stripes. This is an opportunity for the UNM and New Mexico community to partner together to help this cause. Contact Kelsey Davis, SVUNM President at to participate.

The University of New Mexico honors its veterans on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11 commencing with a Posting and Raising of the Colors at 9 a.m. at the flag pole south of Scholes Hall, followed by opening remarks from Kelsey Davis, president of Students Veterans of UNM, Tomás A. Aguirre, UNM Dean of Students (veteran) and Lt. Cmdr. Marilyn Dykman, USCG retired.  At 9:15 a.m., a moment of silence and a reading of the names of the UNM 2013 National Roll Call for New Mexico Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The roll call will be followed by guest speaker Aguirre, a military veteran, who will say a few words to the UNM community about great opportunities for student work with veterans on campus through their leadership and experiences.

The Veterans Resource Center holds an Open House from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the UNM Student Union Building, room 2002, main floor (south entrance).

To learn more about the UNM Veterans Resource Center, go to

Schedule of Events

9 a.m.             Posting of the Colors by the UNM Joint Service ROTC Color Guard
Rise for the posting of the Colors

9:05 a.m.        Raising of the Colors
Remain standing for the Raising of the Colors and the singing of the National
          Anthem by UNM Staff Member, John Nolen

9:10 a.m.        Opening Remarks by Kelsey Davis, President SVUNM
Remarks by Lt Cdr, Marilyn Dykman, USCG Retired Director,VRCr

9:15 a.m.        Moment of silence for the reading of New Mexico Fallen and playing of Taps

9:30 a.m.        Remarks by Tomas A. Aguirre Dean of Students University of New Mexico

9:50 a.m.        Retrieving of the Color
Rise for the retrieval of the Colors

10 a.m.           2013 “Making a Difference” Awards

10:15 a.m.       Closing remarks by Lt Cdr, Marilyn Dykman, USCG Retired

10:20 – 2 p.m. Veterans Resource Center ~ VetSuccess on Campus Open House

Visit the center for a tour and explanation of services available to Student veterans, military service members and their families at UNM.  Snacks, hot chocolate, coffee and soft drinks provided.