Xavier honors two alumni who died in Iraq with the addition of their names to Our Lady shrine
The ceremony on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, featured a celebration of Xavier's deceased military
The Xavier community gathered on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, to unveil new plaques on the Shrine of Our Lady, Queen of Victory and Peace.The shrine is located off Dana Avenue on the hillside below University Drive.
The statue originally was dedicated on July 11, 1943, to honor the one Xavier graduate who died in World War I and the 75 who died in World War II. In 1999, the shrine underwent a major restoration, and 11 more names were added to honor those Xavier alumni who died in Korea and Vietnam.
This Veterans Day, Xavier celebrated those in the Xavier family who died in service to our country. Among those honored were Capt. Mathew Mattingly, Class of 1998, and 1LT Michael Runyan, Class of 2008, who died while fighting the war in Iraq. Their names have been recently added to the shrine.
The 30-minute ceremony included the ROTC Color Guard's posting of the colors, a prayer and blessing, the reading of names of those who have died, opening and closing remarks, a ceremonial rifle salute and the playing of taps. The families of Mattingly and Runyan laid a wreath and helped unveil the new plaques bearing the names.
The ceremony was hosted by Xavier's Department of Military Science, Office of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Alumni Relations.