UW Madison’s Alumni Park honors veterans, hosts drop-in letter writing project

UW Madison’s Alumni Park honors veterans, hosts drop-in letter writing project

Ahead of Veterans Day, the UW Madison Alumni Association is celebrating alumni and students who have served in the military by telling them just how much they’re appreciated.

The group is inviting the community to participate in a letter writing campaign, taking place Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to tell veterans thank you.

“It makes a personal connection and it makes it less abstract, and we wanted to create a way that people could personally connect to and touch someone,” said Mary Carbine, managing director of Alumni Park.

The letters to student veterans will be given to the Veteran Services & Military Assistance Center on campus. The office helps almost 800 students get the educational benefits they earned from their service or the service of a loved one.

The newly-opened Alumni Park will also be honoring veterans on Saturday.

The park features more than 50 exhibits that tell the story of more than 120 notable alumni and their impact on the world. Twenty-two of those represented are veterans.

Each veteran’s name will have an American flag placed next to it on Saturday morning. This is another opportunity for people to write letters of gratitude to veterans.

“There are many paths someone can choose in life and choosing a path of service is something we’re all affected by and that we all should be grateful for,” said Carbine.

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