TCU Student Veterans Alliance hangs yellow ribbons to celebrate Veterans Day


TCU SVA lined the trees on University Drive with yellow ribbons for Veterans Day on Nov. 10, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Lana Wynn)

By Alana Wynn

The TCU Student Veterans Alliance (SVA) is celebrating Veterans Day by hanging yellow ribbons in the trees along University Drive to honor those who have served in the U. S. Armed Forces.

The ribbons will be up for a week and started Friday, Nov. 10. The SVA also had a luncheon including a wreath-laying ceremony and a moment of silence for those who died while serving.

“We’re using the yellow ribbons to kind of bring awareness to the veterans on campus because the population is growing, so we just wanted to put our faces out there,” said Vanessa Hentz, a junior social work major and student-veteran liaison for the SVA. Hentz served in the U.S. Army for four years.

There is a Wall of Honor in the Brown-Lupton University Union and the Mary Couts Burnett Library where students can submit photos of veterans to have them posted.

“The school’s been really supportive,” Hentz said.

Hentz said the SVA has received good feedback from the different students they talked to on campus.

“I think they care about us on campus and I think the more we put our faces out there and just let people know that we’re here and that we’re available, they’ll appreciate that,” Hentz said.

Maddi Miller, a junior strategic communication major, said she thinks significant things like the yellow ribbon project remind students to remember and to be thankful for those who have served. Miller’s grandfather served in the Vietnam War.

TCU Florist is supplying the ribbons, which were sold for $25 per bow. Customers could pay extra to have the name of their organization or a veteran on the ribbon.