On November 11th, 2014 Boston College held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on a lawn next to Burns Library. The space is surrounded by a wall inscribed with the names of BC graduates who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country. Midshipmen and cadets in the Boston College ROTC programs organized and participated in this ceremony which took place after the Veterans Day mass at St. Ignatius Church.
The majority of the guests in attendance were BC veterans who return each year to commemorate this special day of reflection. This year, the guest speaker for the event was Lawrence Rawson, a 1963 BC graduate and track and field star, served in the Marine Corps for three years as an intelligence officer and an artillery forward observer. Rawson’s love of history was apparent in his speech, which put each war into perspective for the audience. He reminded guests of the circumstances in which men had fought in during the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam, and discussed his view on the current conflict in the Middle East. Rawson commented on how amazing it was that the entire country, men and women, come together in times of war. His speech was a reminder of the courage, dedication, and sacrifice made by veterans and those who are currently serving.
After the speech was over, cadets took turns reading off the names of the BC graduates who had given their lives in World War I, World War II, South Korea, Vietnam, and the War on Terror. The ceremony concluded with the entire audience singing “God Bless America,” and the playing of taps to honor the fallen. “We are proud as midshipmen to stand and remember the alumni who gave their lives for us, and value the service of the veterans in attendance,” said MIDN 2/c Sean Spata. “There is no greater honor than to let these men know how thankful we are, and how much they inspire us for the future.”
Written by MIDN 2/c Katrina Longest