Veterans Speak at the Dairy, November 7-21

In conjunction with the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum, University of Colorado Boulder Office of Veteran Services, and the University of Colorado Student Veterans Association, The Dairy presents Veterans Speak November 7 – 21, 2014.

This 2-week recognition of Veterans Day will engage veterans and the public in a wide variety of presentations, performances, discussions, art, movies, and more. This is a unique opportunity for veterans of all branches of the United States military to engage other veterans and the public in the sharing of their stories and discussion of the issues veterans encounter.  Our nation and community continue to struggle with the integration of returning veterans.

There are over 700 student veterans at CU just back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Nationally, we lose more than 1,000 WWII veterans every day and an increasing number of Korean War and Vietnam War veterans. 2014 is also the 100th memorial of World War I.  Veterans Speak is an opportunity to help all veterans, both young and old, share their stories with the public and each other.

Highlights include: 

  • Exhibits: Women Marines Association and Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum
  • Lecture Series and Discussion Panels: Speakers and topics selected to provide insight into historical and current issues which impact the experience of those who have served, their families and their communities.
  • Conversations: Informal sessions with veterans to hear their stories and capture their memories before they are gone forever. A story shared can influence future generations.
  • Film Series: Films depicting veterans have been made to lift morale, to provide information and help the public understand what men and women in the military experience.
  • Performances: Drama, spoken word, music, and dance will be used to give voice to the veteran experiences.
  • Book Club: Books provide information to the public to entertain and educate. We will provide a community reading and discussion event.
  • Visual Art: An exhibit of veterans’ work will showcase their unique perspective and will enable the public to appreciate the veteran as artist and gain greater insight into the context of the work.