From: The Division of Human Resources

In honor of their service, Virginia Tech gives employees who served in the military a small token each year to show gratitude.

This year, approximately 300 employees who had self-identified as military veterans received an invitation to the university’s Veterans Day observance events along with a two-sided challenge coin showing the Virginia Tech logo on one side and the university pylons on the other.  

The invitation and gift is hand delivered to employees by members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets the week prior to Veterans Day.

“Human Resources is honored to partner with the Corps of Cadets each year to show gratitude for our employees who served in the military,” said Bryan Garey, vice president for human resources. “Virginia Tech’s motto, Ut Prosim, calls upon each of us to serve in our own way. Our veterans serve in extraordinary ways. We thank you and honor you.”

A Veterans Day remembrance ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the War Memorial Chapel at 601 Drillfield Drive. U.S. Navy Capt. Jim Snyder (retired), the deputy commandant for the corps’ 2nd Battalion, will speak. 

At 11 a.m., Snyder and Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart, commandant of cadets, will place the memorial wreath in front of the cenotaph on War Memorial Court. The Gregory Guard, the corps’ precision rifle drill team, will fire a rifle salute, and a bugler will play taps.

HR staff photo pictured left to right: Gloria Hartley, Renee Byrd, Jessica Pharis, cadet Adam Olszewski, and Rodney Irvin
Pictured left to right: Gloria Hartley, Renee Byrd, Jessica Pharis, cadet Adam Olszewski, and Rodney Irvin
Cadet Adam Olszewski delivered gift to Emmett Wright.
Cadet Adam Olszewski delivered gift to Emmett Wright.

Note: Employees who have served in the military are encouraged to update their employee information if they did not self-identify as a veteran when they were hired. Veteran classification can be updated by logging into Hokie SPA then clicking on Hokie Team>Veterans Classification.