On Friday, November 7th, the three MIT ROTC units came together to honor the veterans and pay homage to the MIT alumni who served in foreign wars. At 1300, the MIT Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC units took time to come together for a public ceremony in which the names of MIT graduates who fought in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War were read.
The ceremony took place in Memorial Lobby, a center for activity on MIT’s campus, allowing passers-by to witness the event. The Army, Navy, and Air Force battalions were formed up in front of a podium, from which cadets and midshipmen read the names of the MIT veterans. Members of the community who wished to observe the ceremony were asked to watch from the overhead balcony or the outside area, and many stood silently in reflection as the ceremony took place.
As MIDN 4/c Albino, MIT, said, “Although I have walked through the lobby numerous times, it was not until Friday that I recognized the great honor, but also melancholy, of what Memorial Lobby symbolizes.” MIDN Albino also said that “hearing the names of all of the students that have been in our shoes and made the same commitment and sacrifices was truly humbling and inspiring.” It was a time for reflection and gratitude for all in attendance.
Written by MIDN 3/c Sean Lowder