Recognition of CSC Veterans was sub-par

On Nov. 11, 1919, former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson said, “to us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory…”

This special day, known famously as Veterans Day, was created to give thanks to those who served in the armed forces for our great country. They are the ones who worked long hours; suffered countless wounds, mentally and physically; fought for complete strangers; went days without a restful night’s sleep or a solid, warm meal; they are the ones we should be thanking not only on Veterans Day, but every day of the year for their sacrifice.

It was unnerving to find that CSC did nothing to honor these great people on a day designed especially to remember what they did for us. A veteran did not visit campus with a story of their own, nor was there a small event outlining why the U.S. celebrates this day. Unlike other events, there weren’t even posters hung up around campus reminding you to thank a Veteran Tuesday.

It seemed as if CSC completely bypassed the day. Unsurprisingly, this is not the first time this has happened.

For many years, CSC has hosted a small event at the flag plaza on the Dean’s Green to remember those who died on 9/11. They usually have members of ROTC speak, along with a selected few from the administration, and there is a moment of silence for those who have fallen. This year for 9/11, it was disappointing that the only thing CSC did was lower the flags to half-mast. There were no speeches, no moment of silence, nothing.

It makes a person wonder if these days of remembrance and honor are slowly being forgotten, and replaced by less meaningful activities.

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