Posted November 11, 2012

Veterans Day ceremonies at Temple Main and Ambler campuses honor sacrifice


In recognition of Veterans Day, Temple hosted two separate ceremonies Friday honoring members of the university community who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

An 11 a.m. event at Main Campus featured speakers Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, Pennsylvania National Guard; Marsha Four, executive director of the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center; Temple Police Det. Gavin Collier, a U.S. Army Veteran; and Temple Police Sgt. Charles James, a Marine Corps veteran.

In welcoming remarks, Campus Safety Services Operations Manager Michael McFall, a Marine Corps veteran, reminded audience members of the sacrifices veterans have made in service to the nation.

"Our veterans are the men and women that have kept America safe," said McFall. "The expression you may have heard, 'If you value freedom, thank a veteran,' has merit."

In his remarks, Gen. Craig, who commands a volunteer force with both federal and state responsibilities, also reflected on all that veterans have done for America.

"It is entirely proper to give thanks to our founding fathers for opening the doors to our freedoms here," said Craig. "But it is our duty to give even more gratitude to those who have fought for, defended, and sometimes died for these liberties: Our American veterans."

At Temple's Ambler Campus, a morning ceremony included guest speakers Col. James S. White, U.S. Army Retired, member of the Temple University Board of Trustees and executive vice president emeritus; Captain Antonia Greene, U.S. Army National Guard and Temple Ambler alumna and ROTC graduate; and David Ortiz, U.S. Navy Reserves and Temple Ambler student.

Both events were followed by a luncheon hosted by Temple Dining Services by Sodexo.

The ceremonies were one highlight of Military Pride Month, a recognition organized by Temple's Office of Veteran Affairs to honor veteran students, faculty and staff who have served or are serving in the U.S. armed forces.