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Honoring the veterans

Ted Spinelli, Patrick Bowlds, Kevin Hickey and Mike Dompierre | Monday, November 12, 2012

The University of Notre Dame and the U.S. Military share a very proud history. For more than 60 years, students at the University of Notre Dame have trained as cadets and midshipmen and commission as officers in the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force.

Many Notre Dame graduates have gone on to serve distinguished careers in the Armed Forces, along with millions of other Americans. 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 4 p.m., and ending this evening at 4 p.m.

This year, our annual Veterans Day Ceremony begins at 5 p.m., also at the Clarke Memorial Fountain. We stand guard there to show that we will never forget the sacrifices that the men and women of the U.S. Military have made for the freedoms that we all share and are truly blessed to have.

While you are walking by Clarke Memorial today and see your fellow students standing guard, or attending 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 great Nation.

Thank you.

Ted Spinelli
Army ROTC
senior
off campus
Nov. 11

Patrick Bowlds
Air Force ROTC
senior
off campus
Nov. 11

Kevin Hickey
Navy ROTC
senior
off campus
Nov. 11

Mike Dompierre
Army ROTC
senior
off campus
Nov. 11