Honoring all who serve: Salute to Service begins Nov. 1

Salute to Service returns to Arizona State University in-person from Nov. 1 to 11 to honor military veterans, those still serving, their families and civilians who have also served their communities.

With this year’s theme, “Service Above Self,” ASU will host various events across all Phoenix metro campuses to show its gratitude for all who serve — military and civilian alike.

“We want to recognize those who have worn the military uniform, and other uniforms — police, firefighters, health professionals, etc. — and all of our fellow citizens who serve others through their job or volunteerism,” said Jeff Guimarin, executive director of ASU’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center. “Encouraging people to serve in their communities, for the country or in some type of leadership capacity is critical to our freedoms and way of life.

“We should encourage those who walk this path and reward them for taking on a role that not everyone else is able or willing to do.”

ASU Salute to Service, Nov. 1 - 11

While Salute to Service organizers expanded the event’s recognition to civilians who serve prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was 2020 that underscored the importance of the sacrifices and dedication of many workers throughout the country, and on campus.

“As we celebrate Salute to Service, I am reminded of the public service professionals who worked tirelessly to support our ASU community during the pandemic,” said Cynthia Lietz, interim dean of the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. “Thank you to all of the ASU essential workers who remained on campus to ensure our safety and security while others transitioned to remote work.”

Lietz praised those who ensured the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff during a challenging time, including health services, facilities, parking, ASU Police and student housing.

“Public service involves a choice to put the needs of another above your own — thank you to these groups for their sacrifice, commitment and service,” Lietz said.

Working from home was not an option for many people when the pandemic struck. Health workers in particular not only lacked the option but many were physically on the frontlines taking care of those in desperate need for care.

“Health professionals are drawn to their vocation out of a passion for helping others, something we have seen throughout the pandemic,” said Deborah Helitzer, dean of the College of Health Solutions. “It is in serving others that our own well-being is strengthened, making service a driving force toward a healthier community. I’m proud to be part of a university that thinks broadly about service and recognizes all who give of themselves.”

Salute to Service events include a free concert Nov. 2 in Sun Devil Stadium featuring recording artist and YouTube sensation Teddy Swims, with opening act Samara Cyn, a rising hip-hop star, military dependent and ASU alumna. Tickets are available now for all Sun Devils (students, staff, faculty and alumni), military members, veterans, their families and those who serve the community. Other events include:

Salute to Service Book Talks, 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 1, Pat Tillman Veterans Center, suite 500, at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe campus, and virtual.

Join two authors as they speak about their books. ASU’s Shawn Banzhaf, an Army combat veteran, will talk about “The Five L’s, A Practical Guide for Helping Loved Ones Heal After Trauma.” Frank Molinar will discuss his book “Financial Dominance.” Register for the virtual presentation here.

Thank a Vet, Nov. 1 (during library hours), West campus

West campus will place a door inside Fletcher Library with index cards for people to fill out and thank veterans for their service. 

Movie@West, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2, West campus

Bring a blanket to come watch the original “Top Gun” movie. Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins and Kelly McGillis star in this classic movie about courage and being best in class.

Veteran Focused Employer Showcase, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3

This is an opportunity for student veterans to hear from the Social Security Administration, Windom Securities and Mayo Clinic. Each employer will give a brief but in-depth presentation on their company, their hiring process and how to be successful, and finally why they choose veterans. Register here.

Salute to Service Transfer Fair, 10 am. to 11:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and Nov. 8

The ASU Admission Services team will provide information to military members who are considering transitioning from the service to ASU. Prospective military students can click on the dates above to register.

Coca-Cola NASCAR Simulator, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4, College Avenue and Sixth Street, Tempe

Experience the simulator – the same one NASCAR drivers used during the pandemic to keep their driving skills sharp -- and meet NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie, and I-Racing champion Keegan Leahy from noon to 2 p.m. Coca-Cola will provide meal vouchers to any veteran, active-duty, or ROTC cadet for a free meal at ASU’s Memorial Union on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The College Salute to Service Celebration, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Armstrong Hall, Tempe campus

Join The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the annual Salute to Service reception, this year honoring families with a legacy of service. Following the program, all guests are invited to enjoy light refreshments, and active duty military and veterans will receive a free T-shirt.

Arizona Military Leaders Panel Discussion and Luncheon, noon to 2:15 p.m. Nov. 5, Tempe campus

Senior military leaders from Arizona’s military installations will speak about the global power competition and its impact on the U.S. They will also discuss why service and sacrifice matters at this pivotal moment in American history. Registration is required.

Sparky’s Pep Rally, 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 5, online

Features commentary on the week’s opponent from Sun Devil advocates Joe Healey, "Speak of the Devils" cohost; and Rob Reyes, known as “Jedi ASU,” with guest appearances from former athletes and coaches. Learn more.

Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate, Nov. 6 (begins three hours prior to kickoff), College Avenue, between Sixth and Seventh streets, Tempe

The ASU Alumni Association hosts a special Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate on College Avenue. The public can enjoy free live entertainment, military displays, a beer garden, giveaways, and a special appearance by the Sun Devil Marching Band and Sparky. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Learn more.

Salute to Service Flag Football Tournament, 11 a.m. Nov. 7, multipurpose field next to Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, Tempe campus

The public is invited to watch ASU’s Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC units and the student veterans from the Pat Tillman Veterans Center battle it out for the coveted Dean’s Cup in this annual tournament. 

Movies on the Field, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe campus

Sponsored by TriWest Healthcare Alliance, the ASU 365 Community Union presents Movies on the Field with a special showing of Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon.” Bring a blanket and enjoy the film on the stadium’s giant screen. Event is free but tickets are required. Registration is open to all Sun Devils (students, staff, faculty and alumni), military members, veterans, their families, and those who serve the community.

Write Letters to Vets, occurring throughout Salute to Service timeframe, West campus

Members of the ASU community may stop by Changemaker at West campus to thank a veteran for their service. Words of encouragement can make a difference to those currently serving in the armed forces.

Visit the Salute to Service homepage for more details, plus a complete and updated list of all scheduled events.

Jerry Gonzalez
gdgonza2@asu.edu