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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Calabar get pre-Champs boost from FLOW

first_img “Embrace the ‘journey’ as you prepare”, Miller told the students. “The desired end result can only come at the end of a hard journey, and beyond this, the lessons you learn as you prepare are in fact lessons for life.” FLOW also recently launched a consumer promotion titled ‘Winnings a Run’ which features newly signed FLOW Brand Ambassador, Elaine Thompson, double Olympic Champion and offers customers cash and prizes as they celebrate the 2017 athletics season. FLOW will line up for the ninth time as a major sponsor of the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships when the meet begins on the 28th of March at the National Stadium. LESSONS FOR LIFE Reigning ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys Championship winners Calabar High School received a pre-Champs boost from telecommunications firm FLOW, as they prepare for the ultimate high school athletics showdown-the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championship, later this month. The team, this week, accepted a donation of $100,000 along with a rehydration kit, to bolster their efforts as they train to defend their title. FLOW was also joined by former Calabar athletes and Olympians Warren Weir and Federick Dacres for the visit which took place on Wednesday, March 8. Weir represented Calabar as a hurdler, while Dacres represented in the throwing events for the school located on Red Hills Road. Both spent time dispensing words of advice and encouragement during the visit to their alma mater. Weir expressed delight at the newly installed track at the school. “During my time, we were here on the grass and so I am excited at the effect that this improved facility will have on the performance of the students in the future,” said Weir. Similarly, Dacres also expressed high hopes for the performance of this years’ team. Stephen Miller, Sponsorship Manager at FLOW shared that the initiative was a continuation of the company’s annual pre- Champs tradition dubbed: Journey to Champs. Through the programme, FLOW will be making visits to the home bases of last year’s top participants and have partnered with several senior athletes to host motivational sessions at each stop of the tour.last_img read more

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ARE WE IN FOR ANOTHER GLORIOUS BLAST OF SUMMER HEAT?

first_imgRemember this? We might be seeing more of it from next weekendFORECASTERS believe we may be in for another summer mini-heatwave.They’re not calling it just yet….but there is a hope that a new blast of sunshine could arrive over us in a week or so.Following a stunning few weeks of weather in July, we’ve had to contend with sunshine and showers since – including some record downpours. Donegal faces another mixed bag of sunshine and showers this week, with the odd thunderstorm by midweek, but a warm front will increase temperatures again.“Temperatures are likely to improve further once the fronts clear on Thursday, and we could be seeing a subdued warm pattern not quite as hot as the June or July episodes, but in the 23-25 C range, before too long,” reported meteotimes.net today.Met Eireann is being a bit more cautious, saying that it will get warm again and “rainfall amounts” will be small from next weekend.With varying predictions from the end of the week, we might just have to wait and see. Predictions from Accuweather.com are giving next weekend as sunny with passing clouds, the following Monday looks like a day for the beach, before rain returns. ARE WE IN FOR ANOTHER GLORIOUS BLAST OF SUMMER HEAT? was last modified: August 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ARE WE IN FOR ANOTHER GLORIOUS BLAST OF SUMMER HEAT?Donegal Dailyweatherlast_img read more

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