This Veteran’s Day, November 11, at 11:00 a.m., the Xavier community will gather for a 30-minute ceremony celebrating the service of our Armed Forces and unveiling new plaques at the base of The Shrine of Our Lady, Queen of Victory and Peace, located off Dana Avenue near the guard shack on University Drive.
On this 93rd anniversary of Armistice Day, Xavier will remember all in the Xavier family and elsewhere who have served our country. Especially honored will be Capt. Matthew Mattingly (class of 1998) and 1LT Michael Runyan (class of 2008), Xavier’s fallen heroes from the war in Iraq, whose names have been added to the Shrine. Members of their families will lay a wreath and help unveil the new plaques.
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.
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, will host the ceremony, also supported by Xavier’s Alumni Relations Office.