A Veterans Day ceremony was held at Appalachian's Veterans Memorial featuring the presentation of the colors by cadets in the Appalachian State University ROTC with remarks from Chancellor Sheri N. Everts as well as former Appalachian professor and retired Marine, Dr. Doug May.
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Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
Voice 1: Battalion, attention.
Dr. Doug May: It's important to understand what Veterans Day is and why we're celebrating. Today we are celebrating the service of all of US military personnel. While we do have a day to celebrate the military veteran, do we understand who they are? it is the veteran not the preacher who has given us freedom of religion. It's the veteran not the reporter who gave us freedom of the press. It is the veteran not the poet who has given us freedom of speech. It is the veteran not the campus organizer who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the veteran not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the veteran not a politician who has given us the right to vote. Please join me in thanking and appreciating those among us who are willing to serve in this capacity.
Voice 1: Order arms. Parade rest. At ease.