“Taps,” the somber bugle call associated with military service, will be heard ringing across UT on the chimes of Ayres Hall on Monday, November 12, in celebration of Veterans Day. This year marks the 150th anniversary of “Taps,” and with it a new tradition will be born. UT’s Task Force in Support of Student Veterans asked campus administration to allow Ayres Hall’s chimes to play “Taps” while a moment of silence is observed at noon on Veterans Day.
Veterans Day 2012 News
Bryce Edgeman has worked in Antarctica, New Zealand, and Japan. He’s 43 years old. And he’s a freshman at UT. Edgeman retired earlier this year after serving in the Navy for twenty-five years. He decided to use his military benefits to attend school at UT. He’d become at Vol fan while working as a rescue swimmer in Pensacola, FL.
Grad student. Loving father. Veteran. Twenty-five-year-old Douglas Oeser holds all these titles. Oeser is one of UT’s student veterans. He served the US Army in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008 and again from 2009 to 2010. Oeser recalled that the transition from soldier to student wasn’t easy.
The number of military veterans and their dependents enrolling at UT has been increasing. University officials say there have been 799 student veterans or their dependents enrolled this year—a jump of more than 70 percent since 2009. Last fall, the university established the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans to better serve the veterans in the UT community. Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11, and the university is commemorating the day through several events throughout the month.