PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — More than 200 people gathered on Brown’s campus on Friday, Nov. 10, to commemorate Veterans Day— one day ahead of the federal holiday — and honor the service of U.S. military veterans and reaffirm the University’s commitment to supporting student veterans on campus.
The specter of a wet, chilly forecast moved the ceremony indoors to Sayles Hall from its usual location on Simmons Quadrangle near Soldiers Memorial Arch, erected in memory of the 42 Brown students, alumni and faculty who lost their lives during World War I. But the mood indoors was warm, bright and jubilant as the community reflected on the significant growth of military-affiliated students at Brown.
“Brown has recognized something very, very important — the impressive set of skills, diverse experiences and exceptional value that veterans bring to the classroom and campus community,” said U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a U.S. Army veteran who delivered remarks during the ceremony.
There are now 50 enrolled undergraduate student veterans at Brown, and more than 50 ROTC cadets who will go on to serve the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and — for the first time in University history — Space Force. Fourteen of those cadets were welcomed during the ceremony’s ROTC contracting event, with eight Army and six Air Force ROTC members solemnly taking their oaths.