In appreciation of USC’s military community, more than 100 veterans and supporters gathered at the University Club Nov. 11 to celebrate Veterans Day.
The third annual Veterans Day Appreciation reception was sponsored by the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy with collaboration from Undergraduate Student Government, the Center for Academic Support, the Student Veterans Association and the Military Social Work Interest Group.
The event began as a student project by a small group of USC occupational therapy master’s students in 2008.
According to Florence Clark, associate dean and chair of the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, it has grown into “an annual tradition to honor USC’s veterans and express the respect and gratitude the entire university owes to them.”
Vivian Li, an occupational therapy student who volunteered at the reception, said that “being part of an event like this made me very grateful that I was able to personally thank the veterans, since I was never able to thank my grandpa before he passed.”
Karen McNulty of the USC Student Veterans Committee was moved by photos submitted by veterans who attended the event. “Seeing the photos of veterans in service helped me to visualize the service we honor,” she said.
Veteran Jim Legeman, an MBA candidate at the USC Marshall School of Business, noted his favorite part was “the camaraderie of being with other Trojans who have served. It is always good to meet new friends who share a strong connection with you.”