Honoring Our Heroes
“This will remain the land of the free so long as it is the home of the brave.” — Elmer Davis
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Each year, we come together as a nation to recognize and celebrate the women and men who have defended our nation and protected our freedoms and liberties. More than 100 years ago, this annual day of remembrance originated as Armistice Day, to commemorate a temporary cessation of hostilities during World War I. Veterans Day was officially renamed and signed into legislation on June 1, 1954, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Countries around the world hold observances to honor veterans, many during the month of November. In the United States, one such observance is through a wreath-laying ceremony performed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
Veterans hold an important place in our nation’s history as well as the history of our University. Throughout the years, veterans have studied, taught, and worked across this campus, sharing their unique perspectives, contributing to our diversity, and strengthening our community.
On this day, and every day, we are reminded of the debt we owe our veterans for their service, bravery, and sacrifice in defending our nation and upholding our values. Let us continue to support and honor these true heroes who have given everything for our freedoms, not only on this day, but throughout the year. Our country is built on the foundation of their courage and service.
To all students, faculty, and staff, I truly hope you will take some time to remember and acknowledge all our veterans who have put their lives on the line in service to us and our nation. Embrace this opportunity to connect with those who have served and let them know their bravery and service is appreciated and will never be forgotten.
To our veterans, past and present, we are grateful for your sacrifices and for your willingness to serve to protect each one of us — on campus, in the community, and across the country. We salute you. Thank you, and may God bless you.
With my sincere gratitude,
Colette Irwin-Knott ’81