The University of Portland will host its annual Veterans Day commemoration ceremony on Saturday, November 11, at 11 a.m., at the Praying Hands/Broken Wall Memorial. The ceremony will commence at the close of a 24-hour vigil at the Praying Hands, and is sponsored by the University’s Air Force and Army ROTC programs. It will recognize campus members who have served during times of war, including World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Gulf War veterans. The ceremony will include a guest speaker, National Anthem, and a 21-gun salute. Cadets stand vigil with one Army and one Air Force cadet standing attention at the Praying Hands, and the cadets switch off every half hour. All faculty, staff, students, and members of the public are welcome to attend. A reception will follow.
The Praying Hands Memorial was built by the University’s Class of 1948, in honor of the 69 University of Portland students killed during World War II.