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1101 Memorial Chapel
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


301-314-9866
Chapel@umd.edu

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.

2018 Veterans Day Celebration

On Friday, November 9 from noon to 1:00 pm, the University salutes the contributions of our Veteran community through an exceptional program of music and spoken word.  MannerMusik, Vintage Voices, and the Mighty Sound of Maryland provide a patriotic backdrop as remarks are offered by two Veterans with extensive ties to the UMD community. Sara Feret worked with ballistic missile defense monitoring as a cryptological technician for the U.S. Navy.  Currently a UMD senior majoring in kinesiology, she volunteers as executive vice president of the TerpVets student organization.   After graduating from UMD in 1968, Michael G. Moore completed Infantry Officer Candidate School in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division General Staff, working on the Nuclear Release Authentication System.  He was the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal and currently is serving as a Commissioner for the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs and Senator Van Hollen’s Uniformed Service Academy Advisory Board.

At the conclusion to the program, all attendees, including Veterans and their co-workers and
families, are invited to be our guests at a buffet lunch in the Memorial Chapel Garden of
Reflection and Remembrance. 

Attendees also will receive a Veterans Day Honor and Remember bracelet while supplies last! 

 

2017 Veterans Day Celebration