The University of Texas-Pan American held an early Veterans Day celebration Friday, Nov. 7 on the Chapel Lawn to honor military veterans at UTPA and across the nation. The event featured the presentation of colors by the UTPA ROTC Color Guard Team, a welcome by UTPA President Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, and remarks by UTPA Assistant Professor of Military Science Col. Christopher B. Rivers. In addition, the UTPA ROTC Salute Team fired a cannon, which was followed by a moment of silence to remember U.S. troops who have died in past and present wars. Pictured is the UTPA ROTC Color Guard Team during the presentation of the colors. Veterans Day is observed officially on Tuesday, November 11, 2008. The celebration was sponsored by the Student Union.