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CWU Veterans Center Plans Week of Veterans Day Events

A flag appears on the Walnut Mall during RED Week 2021

A flag appears on the Walnut Mall during RED Week 2021. The CWU Veterans Center will host a series of events next week in honor of Veterans Day.


The Central Washington University Veterans Center is planning a series of events next week in honor of Veterans Day, and the campus community is invited to join the fun.

The annual RED (“Remember Everyone Deployed”) Week will begin Monday, November 7, with a flag placing on Walnut Mall, outside Bouillon Hall, at 3:15 p.m. Later that day, the Veterans Center will host a pizza party with the Wellness Center in SURC room 256 from 6-7:30 p.m., followed by a presentation of “Top Gun: Maverick” in the SURC Theater at 7:30.

On Wednesday, November 9, the Veterans Center will host the inaugural Veterans Brunch at 11:30 a.m. in the SURC. A Vet Corps Navigator will also be on hand to talk about the many veteran resources available on campus.

CWU students place flags on the Walnut Mall in 2021“There are going to be a lot of opportunities next week to engage with the community and fellow veterans,” said Veterans Center Director Ruben Cardenas. “It’s a great chance for our servicemen and women to get out there and feel recognized. That’s what RED Week is all about.”

The schedule of events continues Thursday with the Marine Corps birthday party at 3 p.m. in Bouillon Hall, room 214. The traditional cake-cutting ceremony features the oldest Marine cutting the cake and the youngest Marine receiving the first piece of cake. 

The CWU campus will be closed Friday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day, but members of the campus community are encouraged to join other local veterans for the annual parade in downtown Ellensburg, starting at the police station at 11 a.m.

In addition to the formal events planned next week, the Veterans Center will be teaming up with Ellensburg Brewing off-campus to brew a special veterans IPA.

“That is going to be a fun community event that will help us honor our veterans in a unique way,” Cardenas said, adding that the beer will be released later this month.

CWU is also in talks with Kittitas County commissioners about participating in the national Operation Green Light initiative, in which county governments and other groups light up their buildings in green to honor veterans. No official announcement has been made, but Cardenas hopes Central will be able to get involved by illuminating Barge Hall in green lights on Veterans Day.

“It would be pretty cool for us to do something like that with other organizations in our community and across the country,” he said. “A lot of towns participate every year, and we just want to support it any way we can.”

For more information about RED Week, call 509-963-3028 or email va@cwu.edu.