Honoring Veterans Past, Present, and Future

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At Dartmouth, remembering those who served goes beyond a single day.

Veterans Day, Nov. 11, is a time to honor the men and women who served our country in the armed forces. Dartmouth marks the day with traditional observances such as the formal flag drill and retreat, community events thanking Dartmouth veterans for their service, and programming to broaden the community’s understanding of veterans’ lasting contributions to the College and the nation. At Dartmouth the impact and leadership of veterans past, present, and future can be seen everywhere, from the Revolutionary War soldiers who were among the College’s earliest alumni and administrators to the future officers who will receive their commissions at the next commencement.

“Veterans Day is a day to remember those who have served. It’s a day to do what we should do every day of the year,” says President Emeritus James Wright, a Marine Corps veteran. “Increasingly, most Americans don’t know anyone who served. The danger is, I think, it’s easier to carry on wars if you don’t know anyone who’s serving in them. They all become abstracted.”

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Dartmouth ROTC cadets lower the flag at Dartmouth College
Dartmouth ROTC cadets conduct the formal drill and retreat ceremony at sundown on Veterans Day 2021. (Photo by Julia Levine ’23)
American flag raised at night
Dartmouth ROTC cadets lower the flag at the drill and retreat ceremony on Veterans Day 2016. (Photo by Robert Gill)
People viewing the veterans exhibit at Rauner Library
At a Student Veterans Association exhibit Wednesday at Rauner Library, Marine Corps veteran Ryan Irving ’24 points to a flag carried by the Dartmouth Phalanx, the first all-student military company to fight in the Civil War. (Photo by Julia Levine ’23)
Jason Mosel carrying the marines flag in front of the library
Jason Mosel, a Marine Corps veteran and a network engineer in Information, Technology, and Consulting, ran 100 miles on Veterans Day last year to bring attention to the new Veterans Employee Resource Network. Mosel was the speaker this year at the Veterans Day recognition breakfast. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)
ROTC standing in the snow
Dartmouth ROTC cadets stand at attention in the driving snow at the drill and retreat ceremony on the Green in 2019. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)
War memorial
This memorial to Dartmouth veterans was formerly engraved to those “who gave their lives in the armed forces, 1965-1972,” and was the only monument to fallen soldiers on campus that did not name the war or conflict. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)
President Emeritus James Wright stands by the rededicated Vietnam War memorial plaque
In 2016, thanks to a gift from President Emeritus James Wright and Susan DeBevoise Wright, the monument to war veterans killed in 1965-1972 was recast to read, “In memory of those men of Dartmouth who gave their lives while serving their country during the Vietnam War.” Wright said that Vietnam had too long been “the war that dare not speak its name.”  (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)
Person carrying Native veterans flag at commencement
Trudell Guerue ’74, a Vietnam veteran and Sicangu Lakota, created the eagle feather staff that is still carried in the graduation procession every year. (Photo by Robert Gill)
Military commissioning ceremony
Former trustee Nate Fick ’99, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan, speaks at the 2016 officer commissioning ceremony for, from left, U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Jessie Menville ’16, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Peter Gips ’16, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Rachael Rhee ’16, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. R. Chase Gilmore ’16, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. David Berg ’16, and U.S. Army 2nd Lt. William Kerin ’16. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)