On Tuesday, November 11, Roanoke College celebrated Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a special ceremony during the lunch block.
President Maxey shared a few words about the men and women in service for our country, and the impact their service has had on the Roanoke Community. He extended his sincere thanks to the soldiers who have fought for our daily freedoms. President Maxey noted that it was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.”
RC Chaplain Chris Bowen prayed for our troops, the fallen soldiers, and the family and friends who have supported our service men and women. He joined the students, faculty, and members of the community in thanking the Goldstar families, and mentioned that he too has had a family member or close friend serve in each war America has fought.
While reading off the list of Roanoke College students and faculty who assisted in WWI, we also remembered those soldiers who have continued fighting in this generation. After the reading of the names, SPC James Fox of the 29th Division Band for the Army National Guard played “Taps”.
The Veterans Day memorial ceremony honored those service men and women who have fallen, those who have lost limbs, those who will be forever scarred by the memories of war, those who are homeless, and those without thanks.
The ceremony opened and closed with the parade of colors courtesy of the Patrick Henry High School ROTC under the leadership of MSgt. Terry Mills (retired). Kylee Overstreet and Frances Bosch sang the national anthem and “Soldier, Rest, Thy Warfare is O’er” respectively.