In recognition of Veterans Day on November 11, Dartmouth is hosting a slate of lectures, ceremonies, and celebrations to honor military service members over the next week. Among the events are a formal flag retreat ceremony on the Green and a Veterans Day Remembrance Breakfast, which features noted speakers and guests.
“Dartmouth College is proud to honor those in our community who have sacrificed in defense of America, her people, and her freedoms,” says President Carol L. Folt.
Dartmouth College ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) will conduct the formal flag retreat ceremony, which begins on Friday, November 9, at 4:45 p.m. on the Green. The ceremony will open with a bugler playing “Retreat,” followed by the firing of a 15-millimeter cannon, and the lowering of the flag during the playing of “To the Colors.” The ceremony is a symbolic way for Dartmouth to show its appreciation for members of the military.
“Dartmouth has a great tradition of military service, and these events will showcase that service as we commemorate and thank our veterans,” says Michelle Loveys Dozier, co-chair of Dartmouth’s Veterans Recognition Committee.
The speakers for the Veterans Day Remembrance Breakfast, which takes place at 8:30 a.m. Monday, November 12, at the Hanover Inn, include Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff ’68, a retired Navy Chaplain, and Stoney Portis, a current MALS graduate student and active duty Army Captain who served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Portis says this week’s events demonstrate Dartmouth’s commitment to Veterans.
“Dartmouth College has come together in an incredible show of support to honor our veterans this Veterans Day,” says Portis. “I’m continually humbled by the individuals and organizations at Dartmouth that put forth so much effort to observe the sacrifices of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines.”
Dartmouth College ROTC dates back to the 1950s; the program specifically trains members for service in the U.S. Army. ROTC students complete the majority of their coursework at Dartmouth, while doing much of their military training at Norwich University, a military institution of about 2,300 cadets located in Northfield, Vt. The number of annual Dartmouth ROTC graduates varies; this year four members of the Class of 2013 are expected to complete the ROTC program.
Monday, November 5 through Tuesday, November 13