Veterans Day Celebrations at The Ohio State University
Military Appreciation Day at the 'Shoe
Veterans Day celebrations at The Ohio State University kicked off with the Military Appreciation football game as the Buckeyes defeated the Cornhuskers of Nebraska 36-31 on Saturday November 3rd. Over 75 OSU student veterans and service-members received the opportunity to take part in the festivies on the field. 50 of our students assisted in unfurling the American flag on the field during pregame and 25 students were recognized after the first quarter on the field with their name and branch of service read over the loud speaker! Additiionally 3 student veterans were personally gifted a specially designed military appreciation game ball by President Drake. Before kickoff, U.S. Airforce Captain Kyle Cassady, grandson of OSU Heisman trophy winner Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, along with two Ohio State alumni Air Force pilots flew over Ohio Stadium in 3 T-38s.
The First Annual Campus Flag Event
On Tuesday November 6th, The OSU Office of Military and Veterans Services, OSU Tri-Service ROTC, and the OSU Office of Advancement co-sponsored the first annual Campus Flag Event. Following a ceremony in Remembrance Park, student cadets, midshipmen, veterans, and service-members were dispatched to replace all of the American flags on campus. University President Michael Drake, Congressman Steve Stivers, representative for Ohio's 15th congressional district, and Major General Mark Bartman, Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard, were present at the ceremony and each gave speeches recognizing Ohio State's role in military history. This new annual tradition reaffirms Ohio State's dedication to the military as unwavering.
The 100th Annual Rock Ceremony
On Thursday November 8th, the University celebrated the 100th Annual Rock Ceremony, honoring over 900 fallen servicemen and women who attended Ohio State. This tradition harkens back to the year 1919 when Taps was played once per week in memorial of those who lost their lives serving their country. University President Michael Drake thanked the present veterans and ROTC cadets/midshipmen for their service and shared a personal story about the father of one of his friends, Bob Williams, a WW2 veteran who was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. Air Force Major General Timothy Zadalis, the ceremony's keynote speaker, then took the podium and shared a powerful story of a repatriation mission in which he took part, helping to bring home the remains of 6 fallen servicemen from Vietnam. President Drake and Maj. Gen. Zadalis, joined with a student veteran and cadet, placed a wreath at the memorial rock. A 21-gun salute followed, and the ceremony closed with the playing of Taps.