Memorial Event Honors Veterans

'In Honor of Our Fallen' Event

May 17, 2013

An event honoring veterans took place on May 17 in front of the Memorial Chapel in advance of Memorial Day on May 27.

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Despite gray skies and the threat of rain, about 50 people came to the “In Honor of Our Fallen” event Friday morning in front of the Memorial Chapel.

The event took place in advance of Memorial Day on May 27 because organizers wanted “faculty, staff and students to be here,” Keith Roberts, interim registrar and associate dean of the School of Business, said.

Roberts, a retired lieutenant colonel with the United States Air Force, opened the program by speaking about the children, spouses, parents and friends of soldiers who have been killed in action, who “bear the scars and lasting memory of that sacrifice and commitment.” Later, his wife, Karen, remarked on the sacrifices that military families make, whether they are stationed on bases abroad or stay in the United States while their soldier goes to war.

“Think of the daughter who will never see her mother again because she gave her life for America’s freedom,” she said. “Think of the mother and father who long to know if their daughter will come home.”

Emily Taylor ’16, whose father, Lt. Cmdr. Keith Taylor ’91 was killed in Iraq in 2005, also spoke about how Memorial Day has changed since her father’s death.

“Every year since then, I’ve spent this day at memorial services and spending time at a special spot I shared with my father at Balboa Island,” she said. “This tradition has helped me keep his memory alive.”

After a prayer from University Chaplain John Walsh, the ceremony ended with Matthew Busch ’14 performing “Taps,” and remarks from Richard Valdez, senior vice commander of Disabled American Veterans, Department of California.

“War is not noble, but the warriors who died for the cause of our nation are noble,” he said.

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