Heartfelt Veterans Ceremony Observed at Main Campus
November 12, 2009
Students, faculty, and
staff at the university’s main campus honored the nation’s
veterans, including our country’s fallen heroes, at a thoughtful,
expressive ceremony Wednesday in the Student Community
Retired U.S. Army Major General John H. Little explained the Veterans Day holiday recognizes the endurance and sacrifice of those who serve, and their families. All generations of veterans deserve respect and gratitude for their service, he told the audience.
Little added that today’s all-volunteer military force reminds him of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, who stepped forward in his nation’s moment of need. When the Lord asked, “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?' it was Isaiah responded: “Here am I! Send me.' That same level of commitment, along with contemporary military-service requirements of patience, versatility, and on-the-spot problem-solving skills in dangerous situations, make today’s U.S. armed forces distinctive in our military history, he said.
The ceremony also allowed the audience time to reflect and to pray, and to greet local residents and university community members who have served or are serving in the armed forces.