Plymouth State University Honors Veterans at Nov. 8 Ceremony

November 8th, 2013 by blyndes

PLYMOUTH, N.H.–– Calling on the public to recognize and respect the
sacrifices made for our freedom, a variety of speakers highlighted PSU’s annual Veterans Day ceremony held Friday, Nov. 8 at Veterans Common.

Plymouth State University’s ROTC Color Guard stand at attention during the institution’s Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 8.

Kathy Tardif of the Campus Ministry offered a prayer of thanks to those that have served in the military.

“Through their experiences of sacrifice, physical and psychological hardship, they exhibited strength, courage, discipline and integrity to become blessings to us all,” said Tardif. “We are grateful to have these veterans; students, faculty, staff, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers and friends in our midst.”

Jim Hundrieser, PSU’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, remarked that the institution owes a lot to those that have served.

“Plymouth State is so honored to work with veterans,” said Hundrieser. “I don’t know if there is a greater community service…we are so thankful for all that you have done.”

PSU student Dillon Bissell, an ROTC cadet, noted he has tremendous respect for those who have served and sacrificed.

“I am not a veteran, but this day holds a lot of importance for me…this is why I’m here today; to thank every person who has worn that uniform because I know heroes have worn that uniform,” Bissell said.

Army First Sgt. (ret.) Ron Cloutier addresses crowd at Veterans Day ceremony.

Army First Sergeant (ret.) Ron Cloutier reminded the crowd that Veteran’s Day is more than just a holiday.

“On Veterans Day, we give thanks to the 24 million Americans who have strengthened our nation with their example of shared sacrifice…all have contributed to the greatness of America,” Cloutier said. “We give thanks because the freedom we enjoy is due to their willingness to serve and stand up for freedom.”

Nearly 150 people attended the noontime ceremony at Veterans Common, adjacent to Hyde Hall. The Veterans Day ceremony was the tenth remembrance held on the PSU campus.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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