Vice President and Dean Wimbush on Veterans Day

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day is an important day. It is a time to recognize the people who have served in the U.S. Armed services and acknowledge their sacrifice. Here at Indiana University we strive to provide the best educational environment for all of our students, faculty, and staff and this includes people who have served, or are serving in the military. Veterans and those currently serving in the military require support, recognition, and compassion on all IU campuses.

Going back as far as 1840, Indiana University has had a history of education and training for those who are planning to serve in the military upon graduation. We continue to support this vital civic duty. The Air Force ROTC and the Army ROTC programs at IU today carry on this great tradition. And over the years both of these programs have been recognized as exemplary examples of military training.

On Veterans Day this year, Indiana University is also remembering thirty women who served in the different branches during World War I and until now have not been formally recognized. The great service of Edna Henry and Flora Ruth along with the others who will be added to the Golden Book this year is a testament to IUs commitment to honoring all people who serve.

The great work of military service can lead to feeling out of place and misunderstood in the university environment and we must all be cognizant of making Indiana University a warm and welcoming place for veterans. IU is a place where we must do all that we can to help every student succeed and we acknowledge the unique perspective that veterans bring to higher education.

And Veterans Day is not only a time to remember those who have served, but also those who are serving right now. These soldiers are in our hearts and we recognize their service to this country. Soldiers and the families of soldiers must be remembered on Veterans Day for their great service.

Veterans Day is a time of both remembrance and celebration. It is a time to remember those who have made the commitment to serve our country in both times of peace and times of war. The experience of veterans is unique in the university and we must do all that we can to celebrate their service and create a learning environment where veterans can feel safe, welcome, and part of a learning community that acknowledges their great sacrifice.