Edinboro ROTC honors Veteran's Day

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 at 6:45 PM
Edinboro ROTC honors Veteran's Day by Joe Lewis
Members of the ROTC program take part in flag folding ceremony. Photo taken by Azzer Carpenter.

As Veteran’s Day passes, people everywhere are honoring the men and women who have served in the armed forces. The day honoring veterans is celebrated in a variety of ways that include gatherings, parades, displays of patriotism and messages of gratitude for those who have served. 

Veteran’s Day began as a day to honor those who have fought for or are serving in the United States Military, and it was first celebrated on Nov. 11, 1954, after originally being known as Armistice Day. It has since been celebrated each year to pay respects to military veterans. 

Edinboro’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) hosted a celebration ceremony for Veteran’s Day on Thursday, Nov. 11, an annual tradition that did not occur in 2020due to COVID-19. The event began with a flag-folding ceremony at 11 a.m. on the lawn in front of Reeder Hall, followed by the traditional firing of the canon. Then the 21-gun salute was carried out by members of the ROTC in honor of our servicemembers. The outdoor event concluded with the playing of “Taps” and was followed with a small reception inside Reeder Hall for the cadets, as well as members of the public. Lt. Col. Colby Krug and Dr. Michael Hannan, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, gave remarks on the importance of honoring Veteran’s Day. 

“It’s really meant to honor and thank veterans for all that they do and have done,” said Alberto Rafael, a graduate student in the ROTC program. The speeches verbally thank our veterans…and in the ceremony there is a 21-gun salute, which is the highest honor rendered, demonstrating how much we respect and thank our veterans.” 

The event itself has been in the works since Memorial Day, and not only has it honored those that have served our country, but it has also provided a learning experience to the cadets involved. According to Lt. Col. Krug, having the current members of Edinboro’s ROTC club participate in the event and its formalities was an important opportunity to give them a sense of understanding that they may be the next generation of servicemembers required to defend our country’s freedom. The event would also showcase to the current ROTC members that they too have the full support of the community behind them 

“It’s important to celebrate Veteran’s Day because servicemembers have to make a lot of personal sacrifices and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, and that deserves recognition,” Rafael said. “Veterans deserve to know and feel appreciated for all that they do for us.  Veteran’s Day serves as a reminder of that.” 

The ROTC club is open to all Edinboro students interested in serving their country. The club commits itself to developing skills for cadets to be future servicemembers of the United States Military. To enlist in the program, visit the ROTC office in Hendricks Hall or email the club at rotc@edinboro.edu.   

Joe Lewis, Staff Writer | @EdinboroNow

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