OMAHA – Students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will honor the thousands of service men and women who have lost their lives in the military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq with a special “Tribute to the Fallen” event.
Beginning on Monday, April 17, at approximately 8:30 a.m., military-affiliated students and additional volunteers will recognize nearly 7,000 service members who have lost their lives since 2001 by placing miniature American flags in UNO’s Pep Bowl, on the Dodge Campus, representing each life lost.
During the remainder of the week, through Friday, April 21, volunteers will publicly read the names of each fallen service member from the Milo Bail Student Center plaza.
The event is being coordinated by the UNO Student Veteran Organization (SVO).
Volunteers are currently being sought to help place flags and read names. In particular, community members who have lost a family member or close friend in service to the United States are encouraged to plant a flag in honor of their loved one.
Those looking to volunteer can do so at http://signup.com/go/1AGMvQ.
Remembering Our Fallen
In coordination with the Tribute to the Fallen event, the UNO Milo Bail Student Center will host a special photo display, depicting the hundreds of fallen native Nebraskans.
The display, “Remembering Our Fallen” is part of a nation-wide effort, launched in 2010 by Nebraska residents Bill and Evonne Williams, to recognize the sacrifices of service men and women from around the country.
Following its residency at the Milo Bail Student Center, which ends Sunday, April 23, “Remembering Our Fallen” will move to Mammel Hall on the UNO Scott Campus. The display will remain at Mammel Hall through Wednesday, April 26.
Recognition for Supporting Veterans
Mammel Hall is home to UNO’s College of Business Administration, which has been ranked as the best business college in the country for military and veteran students by Military Times two years in a row.
UNO as also been identified as a Top 10 university for military and veteran services by Military Times in each of the last eight years.
As one of the first universities to participate in the Post-World War II veteran education program known as the “Bootstrapper” program and one of the first universities in the nation to establish an Air Force ROTC program, UNO’s commitment to military and veteran students is decades old.
UNO also offers a satellite location at the Offutt Air Force Base and has been involved in numerous partnerships with organizations such as USSTRATCOM and the Department of Defense to help conduct research in counterterrorism as well as provide masters-level education to civilian employees.
For more information on how UNO’s efforts to provide support to military and veteran students, please visit military.unomaha.edu.
For more information on the UNO SVO and ideas on how to help support the Tribute to the Fallen, visit https://orgsync.com/72945/forms/142587.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.