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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NFL players react to league’s 35% salary proposal: ‘Our health is way more important’

first_imgAn NFL Media report Tuesday about player salaries got the attention of several NFL stars, including league MVP Patrick Mahomes.The report, from Tom Pelissero, says the league is considering a proposal that would have “35% of player salaries be held in escrow.”  Several other NFL players, including Bears wideout Allen Robinson, Chargers safety Derwin James and Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang, added their opinions.https://t.co/PWFLRs9UEt pic.twitter.com/j0lm0X0CLB— Allen Robinson II (@AllenRobinson) July 8, 2020😂😂 https://t.co/Zb8Hx5gSxo— Derwin James Jr (@DerwinJames) July 8, 2020Billionaires love to make people think they are always hurting. https://t.co/RxSN5dlHhj— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) July 7, 2020Here’s 2/3 of your salary to do the same dangerous job in even more dangerous conditions. Not to mention restrictions on our personal life that won’t apply to the owners. Sounds about right…… https://t.co/f84KyblLsR— Vince Biegel (@VinceBiegel) July 8, 2020If this happens we need an entirely new PA @NFLPA https://t.co/Kp4jJTkWzj— Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) July 8, 2020While NFL revenue is sure to be impacted by the coronavirus this year, the players have a right to be upset. As it stands right now, the NFL season is set to be played in full. Football has plenty of risks on its own, and you’re asking players to go an entire season in the middle of a pandemic. Asking them to take a massive pay cut for the same number of games will never fly.Don’t expect this to be the last bit of drama between the NFL and NFLPA, either. Pelissero reports the two sides “remain at odds” over testing and the number of preseason games. The NFLPA informed its board of representatives today that the NFL proposed 35% of player salaries be held in escrow to help manage costs during the 2020 season, per sources.It’s one option on the table if revenue is impacted leaguewide by COVID-19.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 7, 2020MORE: 5 quarterbacks who could get benched in 2020Pelissero added that NFLPA executive Don Davis told players on a conference call: “Basically, we told them to kick rocks.” The NFLPA’s stance is that if there is an escrow deal, it must be collectively bargained. But judging by the reactions of players, there’s no way this happens.Saints receiver Michael Thomas was perhaps the most vocal, saying players would sit out the year if this happens.Lol everyone will sit out and not play until they get their stuff together before we do this 😂 https://t.co/cqOuQfQvr8— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) July 7, 2020Mahomes responded to Thomas’ tweet, seemingly in agreement with him, adding, “Bro, what?” Thomas added some additional thoughts to Mahomes’ reply.Has to be a joke lol 😂😭😭. Roger and those owners better use their billions and put it in escrow or plan accordingly. Our health is way more important. This is about as backwards as it gets 😭😂😂🥴 https://t.co/Egq2RaYsuO— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) July 8, 2020MORE: 5 name replacements for the Washington RedskinsThomas and Mahomes were not alone.last_img read more

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