Ohio University host Veterans Day events

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ATHENS, OHIO (WOUB) – Ohio University hosted events to support veterans all week long.

On the third floor of the Baker University Center, flags of the different military branches were on display for the public to sign if they chose to. The flags were full of notes and signatures thanking members for their service and commitment to the country.

Ethan Barnes is the president of the Student Veterans of America Ohio University chapter, and he said the flags have an everlasting meaning.

“The flags are pretty unique, because not only is that representation, but it’s also a direct appreciation,” said Barnes. “Every person that served, from whatever branch, can come back and find their flag, and see that people do care. And that’s awesome, I love it.”

Barnes said the notes left on the flags represent an appreciation many veterans need to see.

On Thursday, the Veterans and Military Student Services Center had a ceremony for the opening of the Veterans Lounge in Baker University Center. The lounge includes a study room, comfortable seating, a couple of flat screen tv’s, and a gaming room. Student veteran Christian Roberts said he has been excitedly awaiting its opening.

“It’s a very nice space provided by the university for us,” he said. “It’s a great place for us student veterans to get together, hang out, study, whatever we need.”

The lounge will be open to all veterans to fellowship with each other and to be a safe space. The signed flags will be hung in the lounge for all veterans to see when they enter.

The Veterans Lounge is in Room 363 in Baker Center.