Lewis University’s Main Campus in Romeoville paused for a few minutes on Nov. 11 to honor veterans with a special ceremony. The Lewis University Army and Air Force ROTC, the Lewis University Department of Veteran Affairs and the Lewis Students Veterans of America hosted the event for faculty, staff and students.
ROTC Cadet Kelsey Fultz opened the ceremony, followed by Lewis University Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC posting the colors. Cadet Courtney Walsh sang the National Anthem. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, welcomed those attending the ceremony in tribute to all who have served in the military for the United States of America. He shared Lewis University’s long history of supporting veterans from the university’ first years through the present day.
Major John Springer (Retired), United States Army offered remarks about his service, the service of his two children currently in the ROTC and the service of others. Addressing the current members of the military, he said, “We share your pride of service. We thank you for your service.”
An invocation was presented by Father Daniel Torson, CPPS, University Chaplain and U.S. Air Force veteran, who also provided the benediction later in the program.
ROTC cadets performed the retreat ceremony and the join color guard demonstrated the “Thirteen Folds of the Flag.” A moment of silence was observed for all those defending our nation’s freedom.
Music included the songs of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces—Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Cadet Fultz closed the ceremony following Retiring of the Colors. The Remembrance Wreath was used in the ceremony. Similar wreaths are to be laid at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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