“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Today was as you may know Veterans Day and it was seen here on campus. There was a ceremony that was put on by the St. Thomas Air Force ROTC today to honor our Veterans, those serving overseas today and all of the POW’s and MIA soldiers still out there. It was a day of festivities there was a guest speaker that was here, Richard Carol, a World War II pilot and prisoner of war. He spoke about his experiences as a prisoner of war in Europe during World War II. Then there is a 24-hour Vigil where ROTC Cadets march silently around the flag pole. It is quite the sight to watch them march back and forth so reverently and so silently. I am sure that we all know a veteran or a soldier that is serving right now. We should all take the time to say thank you to them in the next few days.
One of the more social and unofficial events that took place to kick off Veterans Day was an ROTC Dodge ball tournament. It was quite the site to see all the cadets and their teams in their not standard issue wacky attire. Feeling the spirit of the day, USG decided to field a team of Class presidents and Senators and other representatives to make the ultimate DODGEBALL TEAM, the Gallopin’ Gavels. Due to a time restriction we had to end the tournament in a tie. I am not a ROTC cadet but I do know when the colonel says game over, it’s a good thing to listen. But at the time we were just getting ready for the final round. There was a tie for first place TEAM USG and a ROTC team. I would like to point out that we gave all of the ROTC teams a run for their money. I would also like to give a shout-out to my friend Dan. He is the St. John Vianney Seminary representative and he is vicious with a dodge ball let me tell you. It was a great way to end the night. I had spent all day in the Frey library studying for Accounting and Statistics tests I have tomorrow. It was a great way to honor our veterans and relase some steam with a little friendly dodge ball tourney.
It is spirit Saturday this weekend so I hope to see some of you around Saturday. It is also the last home Football game. GO TOMMIES!
Special thanks to our veterans and those who are currently serving and their families. My gratitude and appreciation go out to you. God bless America.
PRETTY INTIMIDATING> THE GALLOPIN GAVELS. TEAM USG!!!
Is that Gordan Bombay? NOPE That is KEVIN HAMPTON President of USG and a few of the team members getting pumped for our second match.
Major: Business Operations, Pre-Law
Activities: Undergraduate Student Government (USG) President, Student Alumni Council (SAC), Varsity Track and Field, Students Today Leaders Forever, University Hearing Board, College Republicans