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From the President: Time to Pause and Honor our Veterans

CWU students place flags in the Walnut Mall for Veterans Day 2021.

Central Washington University has been a welcoming place for veterans since World War II.


Dear CWU Community:

Every year on November 11th, our nation pauses to honor the brave service men and women by commemorating their dedication and sacrifice. Central Washington University has a rich history of celebrating our veterans, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you—both on campus and in the communities we serve—for everything you do to protect our nation’s ideals and uphold the democratic values we all hold dear.

Ever since World War II, this institution has been a place where veterans feel welcomed and respected. CWU has always attached special importance to our student and employee veterans, and we pride ourselves on recognizing them for their accomplishments. 

For instance, the CWU chapter of SALUTE (Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, and Excellence) Veterans National Honor Society was the first one established in the Pacific Northwest and is one of just 81 national chapters at U.S. colleges and universities. Our Veterans Center proudly extends its outreach efforts to student-veterans beyond campus through associations and partnerships with outside organizations like the Kittitas County Veterans Coalition. 

The list of Wildcats who have had extraordinary success in their military careers is impressive, ranging from former Secretary of Defense General James N. Mattis to Colonel Curt Schroeder, the Army Forces Command Provost Marshal who advises on security issues at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. That commitment to service comes into sharper focus when we recall the CWU alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 

Our veterans share a sense of purpose that inspires all of us, and their commitment will always be revered across the university. To all the Wildcats who have served, and the many who have made sacrifices along the way, I would like to express my sincere gratitude on behalf of the entire CWU community. Our nation and our society are better because of everything you do to protect and serve your fellow countrymen and women. Thank you for your service.

Sincerely,

Jim Wohlpart
President