University of Phoenix Flag Demonstration and Ceremony Pays Tribute to Military Community This Memorial Day

University of Phoenix volunteers “plant” 10,000 flags to create patriotic display that honors the sacrifices made by active-duty service members, their families and veterans

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University of Phoenix Flag Demonstration and Ceremony Pays Tribute to Military Community This Memorial Day

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University of Phoenix volunteers "plant" 10,000 flags spelling "FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE" to honor the sacrifices …


In honor of Memorial Day this weekend, today more than 50 volunteers from University of Phoenix, a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group (APOL), planted 10,000 flags on the lawn of the University’s Phoenix office. The flag display reads “FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE” and represents a meaningful symbol of appreciation to those service members who sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom. Prior to Memorial Day, the flags will be removed and donated to local veteran cemeteries.

“This Memorial Day, University of Phoenix is proud to honor fallen service members by saluting the men and women who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom,” said University of Phoenix Military Relations Vice President and retired U.S. Army Colonel Garland Williams. “The University is proud to show our appreciation today through this flag demonstration, and to show our appreciation all year long by removing barriers to help our nation’s service members, their families and veterans complete their education goals.”

In conjunction with the Memorial Day flag ceremony, University of Phoenix will encourage donations to the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is a lifeline for deployed service members, allowing them to communicate to loved ones back home during emergencies and provide social services, emergency travel, financial assistance and mental health support for returning service members and their families. The public can make a donation to the Red Cross by visiting

“The American Red Cross is incredibly honored to be part of University of Phoenix’s Memorial Day Tribute saluting America’s military,” said David Emerson, CEO of the American Red Cross Phoenix Region. “While the American Red Cross was born on the battlefield, the Red Cross now serves members of the Armed Forces and their families from the time they enter the military throughout active duty and into their years as veterans.”

Additionally, the public is invited to visit University of Phoenix’s Military Tribute Wall to post a virtual message showing appreciation of service to a current active-duty service member, a veteran or retiree who has previously served, or to someone who paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting the nation’s freedom. University of Phoenix’s Military Tribute Wall can be found by visiting

Apollo Education Group, parent company of University of Phoenix, is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen by serving communities and individuals across the country. Through its corporate social responsibility efforts, Apollo Education Group focuses on giving in the areas of education, workforce readiness and sustainability. To learn more about the impact of these efforts, please visit

About University of Phoenix Military Relations

University of Phoenix Military Division works directly with active military members, their spouses, and veterans to help them balance frequent deployments, relocations, and training schedules while obtaining their degrees. University of Phoenix Military students can access classes online or at more than 100 University of Phoenix locations, giving military students an opportunity to choose the learning environment that is most conducive to their educational success. More information can be found at

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As the flagship university of Apollo Group, Inc. (APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit


University of Phoenix
Jennifer Tomasovic, 904-861-4118
Director of Public Relations
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