The St. Norbert College ROTC will provide a color guard and a 21-gun salute.
11/11/11 ceremony honors veterans
Each year Veterans Day falls on Nov. 11, or 11/11, the date of the 1918 armistice that effectively ended World War I. This year adds a third “11” to the unique date, and Kevin Miller (Counseling) thought the phenomenon offered a perfect opportunity to mark the federal holiday on campus.
“The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year seemed like a time when we needed to really get out in front of our commemoration and make sure our troops and their families recognize how much we value them and their sacrifices,” says Miller, who served seven years in the Air Force.
It didn’t take long for the idea to take hold. Miller approached President Tom Kunkel after last year’s Veterans Day to suggest the campus do something to honor veterans, given the deep and longstanding connections between St. Norbert and the military.
“Tom was great in his immediate recognition that we could and should do more to honor our veterans, past and present,” says Miller.
Scott Delsart ’13, an ROTC cadet, will be one of the speakers at an 11 a.m. ceremony in front of Main Hall, to which all are invited. The event will also feature veteran Brian Cundiff ’61, veteran Norbertine priests, De Pere mayor Michael Walsh, Kunkel and Miller.
The ROTC program is providing a color guard before the ceremony and a 21-gun salute afterward.
The college community also is welcome at a Veterans Day panel discussion hosted by the Peace and Justice Center. The event will feature a conversation with vets about the military’s peacekeeping activities.
Throughout Veterans Day, a video produced by the Student Government Association will play on televisions across campus. In the video, students share their appreciation for veterans.
“It really says a lot about the college itself for dedicating so much of the day to our veterans, both from the school and around the nation,” says Delsart.
Delsart, who earned his pilot's license before his driver's license, serves on the board of directors of Old Glory Honor Flight of Northeast Wisconsin. Learn more about his commitment to serving veterans in this video interview.