Veterans Day Celebration


19th Annual Veterans Day Celebration
and University of Central Arkansas War Memorial Dedication

November 3, 2016

1:00 p.m.

McAlister Hall Lawn

(Rain Location: McCastlain )

University of Central Arkansas

Ceremony honoring veterans will begin at 1:40 p.m.



Monument Dedicatory SpeakerWar Memorial Front_lores

Lt. Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014.

Griffin has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 20 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Griffin is currently pursuing a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush.

From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the House Committee on Ethics and the House Committee on the Judiciary. He also served as an Assistant Whip for the Majority.  For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority.

War Memorial Back_lores

Celebration Highlights

  • Veterans Information Fair : companies and organizations that support and provide services to veterans
  • Free food
  • Free Give-aways

The University of Central Arkansas and city of Conway will host the 19th annual Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, November 3 at 1:00 p.m. on the lawn outside McAlister Hall on the campus of UCA.

The Dedicatory Address Guest Speaker is Lt. Governor Tim Griffin

The ceremony includes the presentation of two scholarships: the UCA Veterans Day Scholarship and the Tidwell UCA Veterans Scholarship by Mark and Tracy Tidwell in memory of SSGT Harry Midgett, U.S. Army and in honor of MSGT John Tidwell, U.S. Airforce. Both scholarships are awarded to full-time UCA students who are veterans or current service members.

The Master of Ceremony will be Major Taria Belgrave of the UCA ROTC Bear Battalion.

Major Teria Belgrave is a graduate of McPherson College in McPherson Kansas. She commissioned into the United States Army Ordnance Corp as a Second Lieutenant in the year 2005. She has since served in various position in the Army to include Ammunition Officer; Ordnance Platoon Leader; Ordnance Company Commander; Quarter Master Company commander; Mobilization Executive Officer; Battalion and Brigade Adjutant. MAJ Belgrave deployed to Iraq in 2007 where she earned the Bronze Star Medal. She went on to complete as second full years deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 where she served as a Battalion Captain and Battalion Adjutant. MAJ Belgrave is currently in her final year of a 3 year assignment as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Central Arkansas in the ROTC Department.

Vendor booths will open at 1 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 1:40 p.m. Free food and refreshments will be available following the ceremony.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact committee chair David Williams. Contact University Relations and Creative Services for press information.

 Thank you to Our Sponsors

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to making this event a success.

UCA Faculty Senate


Crain Automotive

Dr. Eric Robbins O.D.

with the Arkansas Eye Care Group

Fureigh Electric

UCA Bookstore

Bears Den Pizza

ERA TEAM Real Estate

Rep. Douglas House


 Centennial Bank

First Security Bank


Hiegel Supply


The Point 94.1

Outback Steakhouse

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