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.”