“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
— John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
On this day, November 11, our country observes Veterans Day — a day to acknowledge and appreciate the women and men who have faithfully and honorably served our country, both domestically and abroad.
To the veterans and their families who consider Valpo home, thank you for your service and dedication. It is because of your sacrifices that we at Valparaiso University and throughout the United States are able to enjoy security and freedom. Your service and tireless work to ensure peace reflects both your integrity and your character — values that we in the Valpo community hold in the highest regard.
Today and every day, we look to veterans as exemplars of the leadership and service we so value here at Valpo. As John Fitzgerald Kennedy so eloquently stated, it is not enough to merely utter words. We must embody the virtues of leadership, service, and gratitude in our actions, for our character is shaped by the commitments we make to the greater good and in the way we live our lives. This is an important facet of Valparaiso University’s mission and ethos, as we prepare women and men to lead and serve throughout the world. May we always be reminded of these words, of this call to action, as we serve our families, our communities, and our nation.
I encourage you to express your gratitude to those who have sacrificed so much for our country today and every day. This is also a time to show our support for those students who participate as members of the Army and Air Force ROTC programs, preparing to serve our country after graduation. Consider spending time with one of Valpo’s many veteran students today, and let them know how thankful you are for their service. All of us are indebted to their selflessness, vigilance, and sacrifice for the protection and defense of the principles and freedoms of American democracy.
Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D.