PSU Honors Veterans in Nov. 10 Ceremony at New Veterans Common

November 10th, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
Plymouth State University’s new Veterans Common was christened Nov. 10 with a Veterans Day ceremony paying homage to last week’s tragic shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. Preston Fuller of the Campus Ministry asked the crowd to remember the suffering of the soldiers and families at Fort Hood, where an Army officer went on a shooting spree last week, killing 13 people.

“I know our military community, as well as our national community, are suffering,” said Fuller. “That suffering was due to the act of one person, one soldier whose life was twisted, and thus twisted his faith in an act of violence upon other soldiers.”

Kristina Nee
PSU student Kristina Nee, a N.H. Army National Guard soldier, speaks at the PSU Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Common.

Kathy Tardif of the Campus Ministry asked that people say a prayer in memory of the victims.

“On this day, hold close the service men and women who died at Fort Hood, Texas,” Tardif said. “Protect the currently active service men and women, given them a shield of strength, a refuge in every adversity, guide them to a safe return home, to those that love them.”

Army Specialist Kristina Nee, an Epping, N.H., native who serves with the New Hampshire Army National Guard’s 237th Military Police Company, reminded the crowd that veterans view their lives differently than most civilians.

“Loyalty, duty, sacrifice, honor, courage and patriotism are just a few words that describe the feeling of being a soldier,” said Nee. “Veterans Day is a time for the rest of the country to stop and think about the sacrifices that these men and women have made, and thank them for their service.”

The Nov. 10 ceremony was the first Veterans Day commemorated at PSU’s Veterans Common, which features a round brick-lined circular walk with granite monuments inscribed with the seals of military service branches. The Veterans Common was built earlier this year, culminating a decades-long goal of Phi Beta Upsilon, a fraternity which was started by veterans for veterans at Plymouth State in the early 1970s.

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