Texas Tech K-12 GEO Hosts Veterans Day Event with Waters Elementary

The school’s fifth annual Armed Forces Day is Nov. 6.

Waters Elementary 2014

Veterans Day Event 2014
Photos: Waters Elementary Facebook

Texas Tech University’s K-12 Global Education Outreach (K-12 GEO) with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) is helping host a Veterans Day event at Waters Elementary School. The event will be from 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Nov. 6 and is the fifth annual Armed Forces Day Waters Elementary has hosted.

“K-12 GEO is excited to partner with Waters Elementary for another year of Veterans Day programming,” said Kelley Coleman, director of OIA’s K-12 International Education and Outreach. “With outreach at the heart of our K-12 GEO mission, this collaboration provides an opportunity for us to promote both cultural awareness and higher education while also honoring the veterans who have served our country.”

More than 700 students will participate in activities throughout the day at Waters Elementary. The Vietnam Center and Archive, Lubbock Vet Center, Silent Wings Museum, Military and Veterans Programs at Texas Tech, American Red Cross of Lubbock, the Joe Foss Institute and representatives from the military branches will attend and sponsor activities.

Waters Elementary 2014

The activities for students include:

  • Hands-on activities such as making poppies, writing letters to active military members and listening to retired veterans and active duty military members
  • Performing patriotic songs, quotes and poems
  • Military service dog presentation
  • Exploration of a Marine Humvee from the Vietnam War
  • Display of a military helicopter
  • Display of artifacts from major wars from the Vietnam Center and Office of International Affairs at Texas Tech and students with active or retired military personnel in their families

Guest speakers from Vet Star representing each branch of military service

  • Classroom visits sponsored by the Joe Foss Institute’s veteran volunteers throughout the week leading up to Armed Forces Day
  • Wall of Honor for students’ family members who are active duty, retired military and those who died in service.

Parents and community members also are invited to attend.

Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs provides a myriad of far-reaching services for the multiple and diverse communities served by the university.

In addition to the main office, International Affairs also consists of the following divisions:

Also located in the International Cultural Center is the K-12 International Education Outreach Program.


Military and Veterans Program

The mission is to provide exceptional support and facilitation to students, faculty and staff for all issues related to the military and veterans. We are a support agency committed to enabling students to achieve their academic goals through campus and community wide resources with a one-stop problem resolution philosophy. Our success is measured by degree completion. We are dedicated to serving those who served.



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Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive

Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive houses the largest collection of materials related to the Vietnam conflict outside of the U.S. National Archives. Its mission is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience.

In 2017, the archive was renamed the Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive to honor U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a former prisoner of war who worked as an advocate for troops and veterans following his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force.


The Archive of
Modern American Warfare

The mission of the Archive of Modern American Warfare is to encourage, promote, support and enhance the long term study and preservation of all aspects of America's diplomatic and military experiences and involvements on a global scale, beginning in 1975 and continuing to the present. Through this, the Archive strives to help researchers develop a better understanding of America’s modern military experiences.