by Halle Johnson, Student Public Relations Writer
Cedarville University’s 2022 Veterans Day Chapel will take place in the Dixon Ministry Center at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 11.
This annual ceremony is meant to honor and recognize veterans in Greene County, as well as current faculty and students at Cedarville University who have served in the U.S. military.
Dr. Jonathan Burson, assistant professor of finance and an Air Force veteran, will serve as the opening speaker and Dr. Daryl Smith, associate professor of management and also an Air Force veteran, will provide closing remarks and a prayer. In addition, the wind symphony will perform its annual service songs tribute to end of the ceremony.
The program will also honor all veterans in attendance with a tribute to each branch’s service song by the Cedarville wind symphony.
“Although the speaker and layout of the chapel changes every year, we always keep the service song salute and bring all of the veterans in attendance on stage to be honored,” said Dr. Chet Jenkins, assistant professor of music and program director of the Veterans Day chapel. “The recognition of our veteran’s is so meaningful.”
After the chapel ceremony, lunch for veterans and their spouses is being provided by an anonymous donor in the University dining hall located in the Stevens Student Center.
In addition, there will be a reception for Jim Mellick, who served as a professor of studio art at Cedarville until 2014, and his “ Wounded Warrior Dogs and Other Parables” exhibit in the Stevens Student Center art gallery. Mellick’s work represents stories of wounded veterans and celebrates their courage and sacrifice.
The Veterans Day chapel service is free and open to the public. Reserved parking will be available for veterans in front of the Callan Athletic Center. ROTC cadets will be stationed by chapel entrances to provide assistance to visitors.