Veterans Day

“I’ll tell you what bravery really is. Bravery is just determination to do a job that you know has to be done.” — Audie Murphy

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Each year, we come together as a nation to observe Veterans Day to recognize and celebrate the women and men who have defended our nation and protected our freedoms and liberties. This annual day of remembrance originated 100 years ago as Armistice Day, to commemorate the armistice signed at Compiègne France on Nov. 11, 1918, for the cessation of hostilities during World War I. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954 that officially renamed this day Veterans Day.

Around the world, countries hold observances to honor veterans, with Great Britain, France, Australia, and Canada dedicating one day each November. In the United States, one such observance is through a wreath-laying ceremony performed at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. And here at Valparaiso University, we host events throughout the week to pay tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for our country and to offer support to Valpo students who have served in the military or have family members who have served. This year’s events culminate today at 5 p.m. in the Chapel of the Resurrection as the music department hosts “War and the Human Heart,” a concert in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Veterans hold a special 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 we are reminded of the debt we owe to our veterans for their service, bravery, and sacrifice in defending our nation and upholding our values. Let us continue to support and honor these heroes who have defended our freedoms, not only on this day, but throughout the year.

To all students, faculty, and staff, I 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 to the nation. Embrace this opportunity to reach out to 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 place yourself in harm’s way to protect each one of us — on campus, in the community, and across the country. Thank you and may God bless you.

With sincere gratitude,

Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D.
Valparaiso University