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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.

2016 Veterans Day Celebration 

2016 Veterans Day Celebration

The University saluted the contributions of our Veteran community through a stirring program of music and spoken word. The Maryland Honor Guard, MannerMusik, Femmes de Chansons, and the Mighty Sound of Maryland offered a patriotic backdrop as remarks were offered by two Veterans with strong connections to the UMD community. Abby Malchow, an M.B.A candidate at the Smith School of Business, served as a logistics specialist in the U.S Navy from 2001-2009, and continues to serve as a Naval reservist and advocate for fellow veterans. Civil engineering professor Dr. David Lovell was a U.S Marines reservist who served in the first Gulf War. After his service, Dr. Lovell received his M.S and PH.D from the University of California - Berkeley. An additional special thanks to Dr. Linda Clement and President Wallace Loh for speaking at the event as well.

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