Tri-military celebration honors Veterans Day

first_imgArmy, Navy and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) units gathered at the Clarke Memorial Fountain on Tuesday to participate in a Veterans Day celebration in honor of all of those who have served in the United States military. From 4:30 p.m. Monday until the ceremony Tuesday, midshipmen and cadets stood vigil at the Clarke Memorial Fountain, known by students as “Stonehenge,” to pay respects to service members. The ceremony began with an introduction of the official party, followed by a benediction by Fr. Peter Rocca and the playing of the national anthem.Lieutenant colonel Christopher Pratt, commanding officer of the Notre Dame Army ROTC and professor of military science, recognized the cadets and midshipmen.“Although most have yet to serve, [the cadets and midshipmen] represent the absolute best and brightest of this country and have chosen a path of service to this great nation that less than one-half of 1 percent of Americans make these days,” Pratt said.Pratt also acknowledged the cadets and midshipmen in regards to their identity as students of Notre Dame.“In addition to their academically rigorous schedules, [the cadets and midshipmen] get up early and stay up late for their military training,” he said. “The 24-hour vigil they just completed is not only a tribute to Veterans Day, but a testament to their commitment, strength and character.” Pratt then introduced the keynote speaker, Major Patrick Gibbons, who is retired Marine Corp and executive director of academic communications. Gibbons began by speaking about the purpose and the importance of celebrating Veterans Day.“Unlike Memorial Day which honors those who gave their life for the country, Veterans Day is designed for all of those who have served or are currently serving around the world, about 20 million Americans,” Gibbons said. Although only a small percentage of Americans comprise the military, Gibbons said, many of them become heroes after serving.Americans do not become heroes just by serving, but many of them achieve a heroic status later in life by changing lives as educators, business people, parents and coaches, Gibbons said.“And I think what causes it is that common bond [the veterans] got in the military, while they were in uniform,” he said. “There was a willingness to serve others; there was a dedication to become better people and better citizens. It was the ability to get along with people from many different backgrounds and the desire to be forces of good in the world.”Gibbons then spoke about the current military conflicts facing the United States.“Today, the nation is involved in its longest war; this is its 14th consecutive year,” he said. “These days it remains unclear what victory would actually look like in this new type of warfare we are fighting, and the war of terrorism we are facing all around.”The nation owes a great debt of gratitude to those who serve or who have served, Gibbons said, as many come home seriously wounded by both visible and invisible damage and also often need jobs and job training in order to assimilate back into their civilian lives.In the divided nation we live in, the military unites us in paying respect and honoring people who have served or who are serving now in the military, Gibbons said.Gibbons closed with a prayer, asking God to watch over the cadets and all serving in the military and their families. He was then presented with a plaque from the staff, cadets and midshipmen of the University tri-military as a thank-you for sharing his experiences and speaking in honor of Veterans Day.Fr. Rocca ended the ceremony with a closing prayer that called for peace in their time.Tags: Clarke Memorial Fountain, ROTC, tri-military, Veterans Daylast_img read more

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MLB trade rumors: Yankees, Astros actively competing over three pitchers

first_img MLB trade news: Braves get Shane Greene, Mark Melancon to boost bullpen The Yankees and Astros aren’t just competing for the best record in the American League, they’re competing over pitchers on the trade market.They’re looking at three pitchers: Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner, Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray and Mets righty Zack Wheeler, according to multiple reports. MLB trade rumors: Cubs still after Royals’ Whit Merrifield Related News MLB trade rumors: Rays acquire Jesus Aguilar from Brewers for Jake Faria With Wheeler, he fits the Astros to an absolute T. He throws his fastball up and curveball down and has high spin rates. And at the same time, the Mets don’t want to trade him to the Yankees for obvious reasons.There are so many little storylines around these players hours ahead of the trade deadlin could be very entertaining.The trade deadline is at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. Will be fascinating to see how today impacts outcome of American League in 2019. Both #Yankees and #Astros in on Bumgarner and Wheeler.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2019Told #Yankes and #Astros are inquiring on Robbie Ray #Diamondbacks— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2019There are several intriguing things about the teams’ pursuits. For one, both were interested in Ray in 2017, so they have done groundwork on him. In addition to that, Ray has one more year of team control so he could cost more on the market. So while it would be a win to add a year of control, it could be a loss for whichever team gives up more.As for Bumgarner, he is one of the best postseason pitchers of his generation going 8-3 with a 2.11 ERA in his career in the playoffs and winning the World Series MVP in 2014. But the Giants don’t want to trade him, so he could cost a pretty penny to get. Taking that into account though, he is a free agent after the season who has the Yankees and Astros on his no-trade list. So there are several things to take into account here as well.last_img read more

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