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Johns Hopkins plans campus activities to honor veterans contributions

Events planned include a Veterans Day commemoration on Friday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, is celebrated each year on Nov. 11 to commemorate the signing of the ceasefire agreement that marked the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

The Johns Hopkins community will honor the university's and the nation's veterans through multiple events happening on campus during the week of Nov. 7–11. All events are free and open to all faculty, staff, and students.

Veterans Day workout

Friday, Nov. 11, 7–8 a.m. | Ralph S. O'Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being

Join JHU ROTC for a free Veterans Day circuit workout. All levels of physical fitness are welcome.

Veterans Day commemoration

Friday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Levering Hall, Great Room

Join Johns Hopkins Veterans for a commemoration to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Speakers will include Bob McLean, JHU's vice president for facilities and real estate; Sherita Hill Golden, vice president and chief diversity officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine; and Andrew Coté, a Hopkins alum and former Marine who has served as deputy assistant secretary of defense and is currently chief of staff and director of federal and defense sales at BRINC Drones. Registration required; livestream broadcast available

Operation Green Light

Monday, Nov. 7–Friday, Nov. 11

The Johns Hopkins sign at the Beach on the Homewood campus, the Johns Hopkins Medicine dome, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health building will be illuminated in green light during the week of Nov. 7–11 to show support and gratitude to veterans.

Johns Hopkins has long been an institution dedicated to supporting and employing veterans of the United States Armed Forces. In 2020, the Johns Hopkins Veterans group was formed through an initiative of Johns Hopkins Medicine. As an Employee Resource Group for veteran employees, it is one of the many affinity groups under the guidance of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

"We discovered an interest among JHU veterans in joining us, and we adopted the name Johns Hopkins Veterans to be more inclusive of all veterans within the Johns Hopkins community," said Keith Haggard, co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Veterans. "From this expansion a new Veteran Student Group has also evolved."

The group continues to be a resource to support former, retired, and active military staff members, their families, and allies through various events such as the upcoming Veterans Day Commemoration, veteran recruitment and retention initiatives, and local outreach and partnerships. "We are proud to be a part of helping veterans find their place and be successful at Johns Hopkins," Haggard said.

For more information about the upcoming Veterans Day events and resources for veterans, contact Keith Haggard at

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