Today is Veterans Day, one of our country’s most cherished and revered days of celebration and recognition.
First known as Armistice Day marking the end of World War I, Veterans Day has been a national holiday since 1938. We celebrate it every November 11, for in 1918, WWI ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
The valiant women and men who have served in our armed forces have helped make America a beacon for peace in the world. Their dedication, bravery, and leadership have defended freedom and spread democracy across the globe.
I am tremendously proud of, and inspired by, Florida Southern’s rich and storied contributions to our nation’s military through our ROTC program. Established in 1951, the Army ROTC program is an integral and valued part of the Florida Southern family.
Nine FSC students graduated from our Moccasin Battalion and later rose to general officer ranks in the Army. Three FSC graduates are in the Army ROTC Hall of Fame: The Honorable R. Fred Lewis, Lieutenant General John M. Curran, and Lieutenant General Donald L. Kerrick.
America’s veterans have earned our respect for the sacrifices they have made to help our country thrive. Especially to our College’s veterans — students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends — I thank you deeply and appreciatively on behalf of Florida Southern for your service.
May God bless you, our College, and our great nation.
Anne B. Kerr, Ph.D.