Veterans’ Ceremony Brings Military Sounds and Colors to Campus

November 15, 2022

At Thursday’s annual Tri-Institutional Veterans Day Ceremony, United States military veterans—and those who appreciate and support them—converged at the Tivoli Turnhalle to celebrate and reflect on their contributions to this country.  

More than 100 attendees at the event—emceed by CU Denver student Miranda Salcedo—saw and heard tributes from the Mile High Veterans Color Guard, the Air Force Academy’s Stellar Brass, Vice Admiral Michael Dumont, and leaders from CU Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU), and Community College of Denver (CCD).  

Four Mile High Veterans members present and post colors at Thursday’s Tri-Institutional Veterans Day ceremony. Posting of the colors is a ceremonial military practice that honors the flag and predates the United States by thousands of years (it originated in ancient Egypt).  

“We honor veterans not only for what they’ve done, but also for who they are,” Chancellor Michelle Marks told the audience at Thursday’s Tri-Institutional Veterans Day ceremony. “At CU Denver, we proudly welcome military veterans to our academic community. And to honor their service to all of us, we work to serve them.” 

CU Denver second-year student Miranda Salcedo emceed Thursday’s Tri-Institutional Veterans Day ceremony. A military dependent, Salcedo is vice president of the CU Denver chapter of Student Veterans of America.  

Veterans Day Ceremony attendees spanned four generations and three higher education institutions: CU Denver, MSU, and CCD. 

Jim Stevens with one of his artworks, displayed as part of a VFW Post 1 art exhibition at the Tri-Institutional Veterans Day ceremony. A Vietnam-era Army veteran, Stevens taught English at CU Denver in the 1980s and early 1990s. Today, he is VFW Post 1 commander and director of its renowned Veterans Arts Council program. VFW Post 1 is one of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe’s largest galleries, and arguably one of America’s largest showcases for veteran art and artists—less than a mile from the Auraria Campus at 841 Santa Fe Drive. 

Keynote speaker and retired Vice Admiral Michael Dumont served in numerous prestigious roles during his military career, including as deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command and as vice commander of NORAD.  

Read more about CU Denver’s student veterans.