The university honored all branches of the armed forces as part of a Chapel service to commemorate Veterans Day.
Dr. Phil Schubert, president of the university, opened the ceremony while American flags and patriotic symbols surrounded attendees to serve as reminders. The assembly honored those who have served and those who currently serve in the military. Veterans young and old were encouraged to stand as the student body and faculty applauded them for years of service.
Jessica Bryan, senior biology major from Copperas Cove, said she was thankful the university takes time out of the day every year to honor the men and women that fight for the freedom of our country.
“As the daughter of a recently retired military officer, it has always been a special time for me to appreciate what my dad and others have done for this country,” she said. “We are blessed people.”
The tribute featured performances by ACU’s A Cappella Chorus. The ACU choirs have been involved in the Veterans Day tribute since it began as Armistice Day in 1919 and have taken the lead in performing at the event over the years. Previous ceremonies include performances from the Big Purple Band.
“When it’s time to pull out Veterans Day music, students usually cheer,” said Jeff Goolsby, director of choral activities. “They love singing the music and having the opportunity to perform for such a special event. The choir sees this as an opportunity to give back to our community and all of the veterans who are being honored.”
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Tina Darby, senior social work major from Albany, was recognized along with Korean War veteran A.L. “Dusty” Rhodes.
Rhodes, who graduated from ACU in 1959, is a third-generation veteran and served with Marine Corps Intelligence Activity in the Korean War. He was honored with a personal video presentation showing his appreciation to military personnel along with information on ACU’s history of veterans serving in times of conflict.
“I want to suggest to you that the American soldier and Marine follow a moral code of courage that has supported him well in the American Army and in the combat that he is required to participate in,” Rhodes said in his video presentation. “It’s a great feeling to, in some way, represent them today. Our country has been served well by men and women who have given much for many.”