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‘Do Not Forget’

Veterans Day Ceremony Honors Terps Who Have Served

By Dan Novak M.Jour. ’20

Veterans Day service at Memorial Chapel

Photos by John T. Consoli

Terps joined active and former United States members of the military and their families yesterday at a Veterans Day ceremony at Memorial Chapel. Retired Air Force Col. Jack Baker Ph.D. ’98 (below), executive director of operations and management in Facilities Management, gave remarks, along with Cmdr. Sara Olsen M.P.H. ’17, Ph.D. ’21 of the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Terps from across campus joined active and former United States members of the military and their families yesterday to thank, honor and remember all who have served this nation. 

Col. Jack Baker speaks at the podiumThe annual Veterans Day ceremony at Memorial Chapel was held on the 101th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I.

“The moment of Armistice on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour became a vivid symbol of the silenced guns that claimed an entire generation,” said university President Wallace D. Loh. “One hundred years later, we still come to honor and remember the costs of war and the price of peace.” 

It was also 75 years ago that the GI Bill was ratified, which has provided educational benefits to millions of American veterans. Two GI Bill recipients, Cmdr. Sara Olsen M.P.H. ’17, Ph.D. ’21 of the U.S. Navy Reserve and retired Air Force Col. Jack Baker Ph.D. ’98, executive director of operations and management in Facilities Management, gave speeches reflecting on their experience as students and service members.  

Following their remarks, members of the student group TerpVets read aloud the names of the 122 Maryland veterans who died over the past year. 

“I ask all of you to find a way to keep the memories of every veteran alive,” Baker said. “Do not forget.”

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