by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, OH
Cedarville, Ohio—Shakespeare wrote, “But we in it shall be remembered; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.” It is this sense of unity and sacrifice that Cedarville wishes to celebrate in its fifth annual Veterans Day ceremony, “Band of Brothers.”
Designed to encourage reflection on the remarkable duty, responsibility, and heroism involved in the armed forces, the program will feature music from Associate Professor of Music Beth Cram Porter, the symphonic band, and all Cedarville University choirs.
Wendell Cultice, a veteran who served for four years in WWII, will share the inspirational history of taps. He is the current commander of the American Legion Post in Xenia and has served as a social studies teacher, coach and administrator. Vietnam veteran and Associate Professor of Management John LeBlanc will speak about his experience earning a Bronze Star medal. Lastly, the ceremony will include the dramatic story of Cedarville University alumnus James Howard’s service in Iraq, where he completed two tours while enrolled at Cedarville and received two Purple Hearts.
Vernon Yoder, CU staff member and coordinator of this year’s ceremony, shares, “My time in the Marine Corps was an invaluable maturing experience. On the first day of boot camp I realized that I could not make it on my own and only with God’s help would I survive. God faithfully provided for me every day and this gave me new insight into the Marine’s motto “Semper Fidelis”, which means always faithful.”
Michael P. DiCuirci, CU professor of instrumental music and Xenia resident, will direct the ceremony.
The University anticipates approximately 3,500 people will gather in the Dixon Ministry Center for the commemorative event. The public is invited, and all military personnel are encouraged to attend in uniform. For general information, call 1-866-224-4490.
The Veterans Day presentation can be heard on CDR Radio, The PATH® (90.3 FM locally), at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 11. CDR Radio, The PATH®, is a community-supported media ministry of Cedarville University.
*Veterans are also invited to attend the Yellow Jackets Men's basketball game that evening for free with a militery ID. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Callan Athletic Center. Call 937-766-7768 for more information.