Cal Poly Pomona’s Veterans Services Initiative will celebrate service members this week with a series of events.
On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the university’s Veterans Resource Center will host a celebration for the U.S. Marine Corps, which turns 240 years old. The celebration will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center also is conducting its annual Toys for Tots toy drive through Dec. 15. Donors can bring their unopened toys to Building 98 R2-14.
The annual Veterans Day observance event is slated for Thursday, Nov. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in University Park.
The U.S. Army’s Fort Irwin Horse Detachment will present the colors, and Cal Poly Pomona’s Wind Ensemble will perform. Kathleen Street, the acting vice president for the Division of Student Affairs, and Scott Ralston, president of the Veterans Club, will speak. The university’s Arabian horses also are expected to make an appearance.
Cal Poly Pomona’s Staff Council will host a booth where the campus community will have an opportunity to sign holiday cards for service members. The cards will be sent to Operation Gratitude, which is a nonprofit organization that sends care packages and letters of appreciation to service members, veterans and first responders.
The celebration continues Wednesday night with Athletics’ Military Appreciation Night during the volleyball game at Kellogg Gym. The game starts at 7 p.m.
All current and prior service members will get free admission by presenting their military identification or reserving a seat through Bronco Athletics.
For more information about the events, call the Veterans Resource Center at (909) 869-6994.