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November 11, 2021

Dear Stanford community and campus visitors,

This Veterans Day, we honor our nation’s veterans, including the members of our Stanford community who have answered the call to serve in our nation’s military.

Our community includes 102 military veterans, 46 dependents of veterans, and 14 ROTC students studying as undergraduate or graduate students or as visiting fellows at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Hoover Institution. We also honor the many Stanford alumni who have served in our military and continue to serve today.

On Veterans Day, we are called to consider the meaning of their service and to reflect on the liberties we enjoy as a result of their sacrifices. I’m inspired by the courage and selflessness of our nation’s veterans. I am especially proud of Stanford’s veterans, who enrich our campus community with their talent, dedication, and spirit of leadership.

As a symbol of our community’s respect and gratitude for our veterans, we lay wreaths in Memorial Court and Memorial Auditorium each year on Veterans Day. Both Memorial Court and Memorial Auditorium represent the esteem with which our university holds our veterans. Jane Stanford established Memorial Court in 1900 to recognize Stanford veterans of the Spanish-American War. Memorial Auditorium, likewise, was dedicated in 1937 to members of the Stanford community who died in World War I.

In the lobby of the auditorium, plaques commemorate the 486 servicemembers affiliated with Stanford who died in service to our country: in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and in Korea, the Vietnam War, and in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Veterans Day and throughout the year, these spaces help us pay tribute to those who have served. Today, I offer my own deep thanks to all of our veterans for the peace and liberty we enjoy in this country.

With gratitude,



Marc Tessier-Lavigne


What is OMAC?

The Office for Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC) assists student veterans, their dependents, and ROTC cadets in successfully transitioning into and out of the Stanford community. We do this by connecting students to campus and community resources and supporting and advocating for our student veterans and ROTC cadets. OMAC also engages with Stanford students, staff, and faculty who are interested in learning more about the military-affiliated community. We also advise students who are exploring options to serve in the Armed Forces post-graduation.

What are some examples of the military-affiliated community?

  • Service in the US military, or an international student that served in their home country’s military.
  • You have a close family member that served in the military.
  • You found yourself working closely with members of the military or veterans.
  • A professor that has one or more veteran students in class.
  • Students who are participating in the ROTC program. 

Contact Us:

459 Lagunita Drive, Suite 7

Tresidder Memorial Union, 2nd floor

Stanford, CA 94305