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Photo provided by Ashley Allen, Observer Photographer.

Veterans past and present were celebrated in the Interfaith Chapel on November 11 at 12:30 in the afternoon. The event was hosted by Rev. Dr. Gail and sponsored by the Veterans Club on campus. 

The Veterans Club works to help support all veterans on and off campus. On-campus, there are student, teacher, and faculty veterans, and it is important to recognize their accomplishments. The club also helps raise money and awareness for veterans around the area off-campus.

Walking into the chapel, people were immediately greeted with a table full of mugs, American flags, and lots of red, white, and blue. People first helped themselves to lunch, and then entered the main area of the chapel for the service. In the main area, there were a variety of different tables set up. Each table had a small bouquet of artificial flowers with an American flag in the middle. Also on the table were stars created by the Stars of Hope Foundation. This organization was created shortly after 9/11, where they send stars to various events to represent hope. Each star had its own unique design.

Before there were any speakers, the Endicott Choir sang the National Anthem. Shortly after, there was a moment of silence for the veterans that lost their lives for our country. 

The first speaker was President DiSalvo. He started off by saying how he believed it was hard to determine a veteran in a crowd. However, after he talked to his father, a veteran, he soon learned that veterans do not need a uniform to be honored, because they will always have a passion and love for the country.

He stated, “We can’t be diverse and inclusive without having the rights or having the freedoms to welcome all under the tent that is created by the United States flag. 

The advisor for the veterans Club, Professor Maureen Znoj, discussed Endicott’s support for those who have and are serving. One student is stationed in Iraq, but is still taking the time to take classes at Endicott. She also mentioned how Endicott recently raised money for two Beverly veteran organizations. Znojthen took the time to explain Endicott’s involvement with the Coast Guard base in Boston. Endicott finds it crucial to offer all who serve an education if they desire one.

The President of the  club, Patrick Joseph, is an army veteran, and talked about how his service impacted his life.

He said, “I learned as a freshman, as a veteran, it’s easy to feel behind in life.” For Joseph, adjusting to normal life was not easy at first. Many questioned why he was so old for a freshman. However, he found that many skills he learned from serving came to his advantage. They allowed him to always be prepared for any task, and to always be on time.  

The ceremony concluded with Delwin Fiddler Jr., a Native American performer.Back in 2000, President Bush asked him to perform to honor veterans, and he accepted. Since his acceptance, he has continued performing for veterans. At the ceremony on campus, he performed using different instruments and his voice.