Memorial Court and Memorial Auditorium wreaths commemorate Veterans Day

Memorial Court wreath
A wreath was placed Wednesday in Memorial Court to commemorate Veterans Day. (Photo by Andrew Brodhead)

In a typical year, Veterans Day would be marked with the opening of Memorial Auditorium, where visitors to the iconic building could pay tribute to the 486 service members affiliated with Stanford who died in service to our country.

Thanks to COVID-19, 2020 is anything but a typical year.

But the Stanford community still took time to acknowledge its veterans, their service and their sacrifices.

Wreaths were displayed Wednesday in Memorial Court and in front of Memorial Auditorium in recognition of Veterans Day. The Memorial Court wreath was erected in front of the Spanish American War plaque. The Memorial Auditorium wreath was placed outside the front door. Memorial Auditorium was dedicated in 1937 to commemorate students and faculty who died in World War I. Since that time, the names of those who have died in subsequent wars have been added to the chiseled list in the main lobby.

In a letter posted on the website of the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities, President MARC TESSIER-LAVIGNE noted that the Stanford community includes 95 military veterans, 31 dependents of veterans and 10 ROTC students studying as undergraduate or graduate students or doing research as visiting fellows at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Hoover Institution.

“Their service and valor inspires us, and their unique perspectives contribute to our campus community,” he wrote. “We also honor the many alumni who have served and continue to serve today.”

Read the president’s letter.