A Veterans Day message from Interim President Russ Ward | MCTC

A Veterans Day message from Interim President Russ Ward

November 11,
by Russ Ward

I wanted to take a moment this morning to reflect on the sacrifices and service that our veterans have made for each of us and our country as a whole. I hope that you will join me in this remembrance and celebration of their service and self-less dedication to our nation, the United States of America.

Our great country has been built on the backs of many men and women throughout our history. We have stood together and triumphed in many difficult times in our nation over the past several centuries and now is no different. However, on this day, we owe a special thanks and debt of gratitude to the men and woman who have put self aside for the good of their country and their fellow citizens. Our veterans, the men and women who have sworn an oath to protect and serve their country and at times made the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, for the freedom and democracy that we value as Americans, our debt and gratitude to them should know no limit. 

While we have many individual views, philosophies and opinions about our country and the direction it should take, those individuals who have chosen to serve their country, have put personal opinion and political affiliations to serve our country as simply and proudly, Americans. Americans that have chosen to serve and protect our country so that the rest of the population can perpetuate the notion of this democracy, to debate and celebrate the greatest nation that has the world has ever known. We owe them a debt of gratitude that we will never be able to repay completely, however, we can honor them, remember them, and try each day to be a better people in an attempt to honor the service they gave to each of us and our country.

All families have been touched by the service of these individuals, many families have seen firsthand the travesty that war can create, the loss of parents, sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, cousins and even our closest friends and colleagues.  For these reasons, we should never forget the sacrifices that they have made to insure that our freedom and rights that we value are not extinguished by any one person, group or nation of people.

I am so very proud of my grandfathers, father, father-in-law, brothers, nephews that have served this great nation of ours. We have lost some of those family members, welcomed home others, and never forgot those who have suffered the aftermath of war.  I think today of my brother who served in Vietnam (and today is his birthday, oddly enough) and received two purple hearts for his bravery. To my nephew who is still in Afghanistan and my new son-in-law, who is currently stationed in Korea with my daughter. Today is a day of remembering family members who have supported our military family members and the sacrifices that they have made.

So today, to those of you that are veterans and part of our MCTC family and to those who are still serving in some capacity, I want to thank you and know that I can never repay you for the service that you have given to our country.  We are forever in your debt and on this day we honor you and your service.  We as a country will never forget the brave men and women that gave all to the defense and security of this nation. On this day, I hope we can put aside our political and ideological differences and come together as Americans and honor you as you have honored us. 

Russ Ward