The University of Notre Dame and the U.S. military share a very proud history. For over 60 years, students at the University of Notre Dame have trained as cadets and midshipmen and commissioned as officers in the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force. Many have gone on to serve distinguished careers in the armed forces along with millions of other Americans. Today, Veterans Day, is a day that we remember the sacrifices of these brave men and women.
Here at Notre Dame the cadets and midshipmen in the Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC units show their respect for all Veterans during our annual Veterans Day Vigil and Ceremony. The vigil takes place at Clarke Memorial Fountain, more commonly known as Stonehenge, and lasts 24 hours, beginning yesterday evening at 5 p.m., and ending this evening at 5 p.m. at the start of the annual ceremony. We stand guard at Clarke Memorial to show that we will never forget about the sacrifices that the men and women of the U.S. military have made for the freedoms that we all share.
While you are walking by Clarke Memorial today and see your fellow students standing guard, or attend the ceremony this evening, we respectfully ask that you take a moment out of your day to reflect and give thanks to those who have served, those who are serving, and those who will serve in the defense of this nation.