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DeSales Honors Veterans at Veterans Day Ceremony

by Janelle Hill Nov 11, 2019

DeSales University saluted all those who have served during a special Veterans Day ceremony. 

Students, faculty, and staff gathered at the Veterans Memorial Plaza as the Southern Lehigh High School Band Color Guard posted the colors, and members of the DeSales University Chorale and Southern Lehigh High School Band performed the National Anthem. 

“This is the day of remembrance for those that have served and remembrance of those willing to sacrifice for our people and our freedom,” said Wayne Hodge, an ROTC student who’s active duty in the U.S. Army and president of the DeSales Student Veterans Association. 

Father James Greenfield ’84, OSFS, president of DeSales, highlighted the recent progress the University has made in veterans services. He also made a point to recognize Professor Juilene Osborne-McKnight, who wore a photo of her father—a first lieutenant and bombardier in World War II—to the ceremony.  

“It is through the dedication of so many people here on our campus to remember all the women and men who have served to help and protect everything that this country is about. And today we celebrate and thank them for their generosity, loyalty, hard work, and dedication to this great nation.” 

 Father James Greenfield ’84, OSFS, president of DeSales 

Students Luis Alvarado and Denis Connelly—both U.S. Army veterans—took part in the laying of the wreath before the band played “Taps” and the color guard retired the colors. 

For more photos from the ceremony, visit our Flickr album.