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Here (doc) is the back story on the veteran’s ceremony before the start of the homecoming football game.

From the very beginning, as two of the nations oldest and most established places of higher learning, we have always been linked to the ideal of service above self. For Williams, our benefactorʼs first gift of a bit over $11,000 helped to eventually create both of these beacons of progressive thought in the mountains and valleys of the Commonwealth. Both colleges have always been tied together in force of spirit and competition and this November we hope we can gather for just a few minutes to remember the sacrifices of so many, who are also linked through their service to the nation. We think many in the stands; alumni, students and family will be surprised by the numbers within our ranks who have served our nation in uniform, and hopefully, for just a moment, be humbled by that unified sacrifice. While this fall our teams gather, once again, on the fields of friendly strife as they have done for one hundred and twenty-four years; our hope is – that this year, we take the time to honor those who have walked fields less friendly, in the past – and indeed – today around the globe, and simply say – Thank You.

Kudos to Sean Crotty ’84 and Paul Rieckhoff (Amherst Class of 1998) for arranging this event. Did anyone see it? How did it work out? I hope that this becomes an annual tradition. Which Williams officials supported this idea? Kudos to them as well.

My thoughts on Ephs and military service here.

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#1 Comment By JeffZ On December 18, 2009 @ 10:08 am

This was a really great idea.

FYI, I’ve been informed that Paul Rieckhoff of Amherst was too sick to attend, but the Ephs’ Brian Gugliotta ’95 was there in his stead. Gugliotta, who was 1,000 yard rusher in 2004 who ran for 241 yards and 4 TDs at Amherst, is a Navy SEAL and currently serves in the White House as the Associate Chief of Staff of the National Security Council.

Rieckoff, btw, is appearing in the forthcoming “Odysseus in America,” which is narrated by the Eph David Strathairn.

#2 Comment By ’10 On December 18, 2009 @ 10:27 am

Personally, I was disappointed with the lack of F-16s.

#3 Comment By nuts On December 18, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

Odysseus in America

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