The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga



Campus plans Military Appreciation

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has several activities planned to honor our nation’s military personnel and veterans, culminating in Military Appreciation Day at Finley Stadium on Saturday, September 18.

“This is something the university is putting on for veterans because we love them and love what they’ve done for our campus and our country,” said Terry Denniston, UTC director of alumni affairs. “We hope it’s a meaningful weekend for our veterans and their families.”

Friday, September 17
UTC Veteran’s Salute
The UTC Alumni Board, UTNAA Hamilton County Chapter, and the UTC College of Business Alumni are pleased to take part in the activities during Military Appreciation Weekend.

On Friday, September 17th the Veteran’s Salute will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. in the Chattanooga Room of the University Center followed by a program featuring keynote speaker General B.B. Bell, a U.S. Army four-star general over all American troops in Europe and UTC Distinguished Alumnus.

All alumni and community veterans who served in the armed forces will be honored for their efforts in defending our country. The program will include the presentation of colors, singing of the national anthem, a saber drill presentation, a moment of silence, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

General Bell’s address is entitled “A Nation (And Army) at War – To What End.”

All alumni and community members are invited. For registration information please contact the UTC Office of Alumni Affairs at (423)425-4785 or (800)728-4882. You may also email Jayne Holder. Cost of the event is $10.00 per person.

Saturday, September 18th
Our Salute to Veterans continues at the UTC vs. Jacksonville State football game with special pre-game and halftime military festivities at Finley Stadium.

Rock climbing walls, Blackhawk fly-overs, and parachuters will be provided by the U.S. Army. The U.S. Air Force will have flight simulators available, and Scottish bagpipe bands and military songs will be played at halftime.

Free admission to those with a military ID or wearing their uniform.

Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m. at Finley Stadium.Also during the salute to our military personnel and veterans:

Tuesday, September 14
The UTC ElderScholars will host a Military Appreciation and Memorial Program to honor local high school members of the JROTC and to remember UTC students and alumni killed in combat.

The program will begin at noon on the UTC Quadrangle, on McCallie Avenue outside Patten Chapel, with music and JROTC exhibition drill. The ceremony will then move inside Patten Chapel for an address by Col. (Ret.) T.C. McConnell, director of JROTC for Hamilton County schools.

Following the program, members of the ElderScholars will place a wreath on the UTC Alumni Memorial Gateway on McCallie Avenue. The Alumni Memorial Gateway was dedicated in 1947 in memory of the UTC students and alumni killed in World War II.