posted on November 12, 2013 11:04
Veterans Day marks a special time to say "thank you," said Dr. Lonnie Burnett, assistant vice president of academic affairs, as students gathered for the university's Veterans Day Celebration.
Burnett, whose father served in the 101st Airborne in World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, said it is a time to stop and say "thank you."
"Why does this matter for us today?" Burnett asked. "Because it is a time to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. It is a time to honor those that have served and are serving our country today. And, it is a time to inspire a new generation to serve their country."
The university honored its student-veterans and faculty who have served in various branches of the U.S. Military during the celebration at Bedsole Library patio. The Murphy High School color guard presented the colors, UMobile graduate Lydia Bru sang the National Anthem, and UMobile Center for Performing Arts brass and percussion group RamCorps performed a medley of patriotic music followed by several of their performance set for this year.
UMobile has been recognized as a "Military Friendly School" for 2014 and participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides education benefits for veterans and their dependents. For more information on student-veterans at one of "America's Best Christian Colleges" and "America's 100 Best College Buys," visit www.umobile.edu.
Dr. Lonnie Burnett speaks at the UMobile Veterans Day Celebration. Behind him are UMobile facuty members who have served in the military.
Pictured are some of the University of Mobile faculty members who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
UMobile students, faculty and staff gathered to honor veterans.
RamCorps entertained the crowd.