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1101 Memorial Chapel
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Veterans Memorial

Most University students and staff members are familiar with the Memorial Chapel, yet many do not know its origins.

Honoring our Veterans at Memorial Chapel

Although the Chapel is one of the University’s most visible icons, many are unaware of its role as a Memorial to those Maryland students, alumni, faculty and staff who made the ultimate sacrifice as members of the armed services. During the building dedication on Oct. 12, 1952, then Chairman of the Board of Regents Judge William P. Cole, Jr., declared that the Chapel stood "in loving remembrance of those who died in defense of their country..." To fully solidify the memory of University associates who served and lost their lives during military conflict, a Memorial Book was established and was first "published" with 209 names. This book can be found in the University Archives.

Each Veterans Day, the University community gathers to honor and celebrate the contributions of  Maryland Veterans.  This commemoration has gained momentum as part of the University of Maryland’s Veterans Initiative to raise the level of  opportunities for Veterans on campus. In November 2008, the Memorial Chapel was proud to contribute to the inaugural Veterans Week which presented a series of programs for and about Veterans. Since then, this treasured event has become a tradition.

2017 Veterans Day Celebration

On Friday, November 10 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, the Memorial Chapel will be hosting an event to salute the contributions of our Veteran community here at UMD. The program will include patriotic music played by MannerMusik and the Mighty Sound of Maryland and two Veterans are invited to share their career experiences. Jan Atwood served in the U.S. Army for 12 years; first as a Morse Code operator and then served in Massachusetts, Indiana, West Germany, South Korea and Fort Meade. MD. She retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and is now a proud supporter of the current student Veterans at UMD. Marwin Glenn was a Staff Sergeant for the U.S. Marines and performed duties of Administrative Chief throughout the world. He will be graduating in May from the Smith School of Business and is enrolled in the Master’s Program Qualitative Finance. He has been extremely involved in our Veteran community at UMD, as he is a part of the TerpsVet student organization and is a PAVE volunteer for UMD Veterans.

2016 Veterans Day Celebration 

Learn more about Veteran Service and Involvement Opportunities at the University of Maryland.