This morning at 11:00 a.m., the Xavier University community gathered for a 30-minute ceremony celebrating the service of our Armed Forces and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice. (See link to slideshow .)
The ceremony was held on the university campus at The Shrine of Our Lady, Queen of Victory and Peace. The Shrine was dedicated July 11, 1943. Shortly after World War II, a plaque was affixed identifying the one Xavier graduate killed in the First World War and the 75 who died in the Second. In 1999, the Shrine was extensively renovated and the names of those in the Xavier family who died in Korea and Vietnam were inscribed.
On this 93rd anniversary of Armistice Day, Xavier read the names of all listed on the Shrine’s plaques and unveiled the addition of Capt. Matthew Mattingly (class of 1998) and 1LT Michael Runyan (class of 2008), Xavier’s fallen heroes from the war in Iraq. The mothers of Mattingly and Runyan laid a wreath at the shrine and helped unveil the new plaque with their sons’ names.
LTC Shane Ousey, professor of Military Science and commander of Xavier’s ROTC All For One Battalion, and Nathan Davis, director of Xavier’s Veteran’s Affairs Office, hosted the ceremony. Rev. Thomas Kennealy, S.J. led the assemblage in prayer and blessed the Shrine.
The ceremony ended with a ceremonial rifle salute by members of Xavier’s ROTC All For One Battalion and playing of Taps.