Veterans Day Ceremony Offers Gratitude for Unselfish Service

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Veterans Day Ceremony Offers Gratitude for Unselfish Service

Published: November 18, 2016.

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Lewis University unified the community through prayer, song and inspiring words from Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University, and U.S. Air Force Colonel Duane Hayden.

The Nov. 11 ceremony was presented by the Lewis University Army and Air Force ROTC units, Student Veterans of America and Office of Veteran Affairs.

U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Melissa Churchill served as master of ceremonies. A joint-service color guard posted colors, followed by the national anthem. Father Daniel Torson, university chaplain and Air Force veteran, offered an invocation.

Livingston spoke of his pride in Lewis University as one of the nation’s best institutions for veterans. He acknowledged the sacrifices of those in service. He said, “It’s the act of being unselfish and it’s all about service to others.”

Hayden echoed Livingston in the selflessness of service. The Lewis University Board of Trustees member spoke with sincerity and gratitude to past, present and future members of service. He encouraged future members of service to “seek knowledge and apply wisdom.”

After his address, Hayden presented his Commanders Pin to Churchill. He wanted the exemplary Lewis University student to be mindful of his support as she progresses in her military career.

Each branch of the military sang their respective songs with pride and the event concluded with Father Torson offering a final benediction. The joint-color guard retired the colors.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,700 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 for further information.

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