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Veterans Day 2023

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Scheduled activities include:

Friday, Nov. 10 - Veterans Coffee Convo  

Graphic image of helmeted figure saluting and date 11-10-23

11 a.m. to noon 
Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability
Ruth Wattis Mitchell Earth Sciences Building Patio
397 Panama Mall, Stanford

Please join us in celebrating and honoring our veteran community at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability (SDSS) for Veterans Day. ​Featured speakers are Shane Hale, program manager from the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC) who will talk about the veterans at Stanford, and ​Chuck Litchfield, senior associate dean and chief operating officer, who will share some of the history of the veteran population on campus. We will have a book raffle, pastries, other baked good, coffee, and tea. The public is welcome; please register here.

Friday, Nov. 10 - Wreaths at Memorial Court and Memorial Auditorium, Stanford

The Office of the President places floral wreaths and a letter at both Memorial Court and Memorial Auditorium as symbols of our gratitude and respect for the services and sacrifice of Stanford’s veterans. Memorial Auditorium will be open for viewing memorial plaques, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11 - Palo Alto-Stanford Veterans Day Celebration 
11 a.m. to noon 
Palo Alto Veterans Hospital
Bldg. 101
Edward Stallings Auditorium 
3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto

This year, on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care System hosts the second joint community event recognizing our nation's veterans. Stanford President Richard Saller and Palo Alto Mayor Lydia Kou will speak. The public is invited to attend this free event.


Master of Ceremonies: Hayden Shelden, Stanford '26, human biology major, U.S. Marine Corps veteran 
Palo Alto Mayor Lydia Kou 
Stanford University President Richard Saller  
Keynote Speaker: U.S. Army Colonel (ret.) Patty Wernet, president of California Military Officers Association of America  
Presentation of quilt to Charles Scott, WWII veteran, U.S. Navy, by South Bay Blue Star Moms 
Members of the Gunn High School Choir 

Stanford University's Office of Military-Affiliated Communities, the City of Palo Alto, American Legion Palo Alto Post 375, Military Officers Association of America, Blue Star Moms of the South Bay and Gunn High School have joined the federal Veterans Administration in this annual event to recognize, as a community, the contributions of veterans and how they continue to make a difference in our communities today.

Nov. 11 - Stanford Veterans Day Reception
6 to 8 p.m.
Stanford Faculty Club

Stanford’s Office for Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC) will host a Veterans Day reception at the Stanford Faculty Club to commemorate the service of Stanford community members. The event is open to Stanford students, fellows, alumni, faculty, and staff with military affiliations. Speaker: Joe Felter, founding member and center director of the Gordian Knot Center for National Security Innovation. MC: Joel Johnson, '22, MSCS '23, MBA candidate, and Marine Corps veteran. 

Camouflage-pattern National Guard backpack besides empty boots, view of person in jeans and loafers with an American flag on the ground

Veterans Day 2022

The first joint efforts between Stanford, the City of Palo Alto and local military communities and schools to recognize veterans took place in 2022, with a series of events

Admiral James Ellis of Hoover Institution addresses veterans Nov 7 2022

Veterans Day, as commemorated at Stanford in recent years

Stanford pauses on Veterans Day to recognize the service of individuals in all military branches, with activities and expresses appreciation for their contributions.