Today we celebrate Veterans Day and honor our faculty, staff and students who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Originally begun in 1926 as a national holiday, Armistice Day celebrated the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. In 1954, Armistice day became Veterans Day, a holiday to celebrate American veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
One of the prominent and founding characteristics of the University of Dallas is its patriotism, its dedication to the American experiment, and the establishment of a nation with liberty and justice for all. For this reason, I ask you today to recognize and honor all those who have sacrificed to preserve that liberty and justice. We also recognize our ROTC cadets who are studying here with the goal of entering into our Armed Forces to serve our nation.
One of the ways we recognize our Veterans is a lounge especially reserved for our Veterans. Last year we celebrated the opening of our Veterans Lounge on the third floor of SB Hall (see story here). For any Veterans who would like access to that lounge, please contact our Associate Provost, John Norris (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I wish to offer my personal thanks to each of you who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Let us all continue to keep those who have nobly served this great country in our prayers today.
Jonathan J. Sanford, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy