Vet Venture:  The Cadets held a ceremony to commemorate Veteran's Day

Vet Venture:  The Cadets held a ceremony to commemorate Veteran's Day
By: Tommy Griffith ‘22

Benedictine held its Veterans Day Review (a Corps event) to honor the fallen Benedictine alumni who died in combat in the service of their country. The ceremony happens on Veterans Day, because that holiday is a day to honor soldiers that served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

In the past, families and friends attended the ceremony to watch their family or friends receive honors or watch their current Cadets march. This year, however, it was held in the McMurtrie-Reynolds Pavillion (the new gymnasium) due to precipitation and COVID-19 protocols that prohibits spectators from seeing the event in-person. The event had a livestream on Venmo that reached 60 live viewers.

The event began when Coach Lilly spoke regarding his time as a United States Marine, adding that Benedictine is among a list of "few" schools that participates in daily prayer. He communicated that his time in prayer with his fellow Marines alleviated his stress, which convinced him that God had his side.

Battalion Commander Ryan Tremain '21 ordered the Cadets to "present arms." The Benedictine pipe and drum band followed by playing the service hymns of every United States Military Branch (including the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United State Airforce, United States Marines and United States Coast Guard).

After that, Tremain and Command Sergeant Major Logan Cohn '21 posted up a wreath to honor the fallen before the aforementioned band played "Amazing Grace" while the Cadets were again at "present arms." During that procedure, Adjutant Assistant Joseph Fox '22 listed the name of every fallen Cadet from combat as a bell was rung in their honor by Ben Salp '22. The ceremony with closing remarks from Mr. Bussman. Once again, the Cadets came together to respect veterans, overcoming COVID restrictions in the process.



Vet Venture:  The Cadets held a ceremony to commemorate Veteran's Day
Vet Venture:  The Cadets held a ceremony to commemorate Veteran's Day

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