The next 'greatest generation'
ECU commemorates Veterans Day
By Mary Schulken
ECU Director of Public Affairs
The men and women who serve in the armed forces today represent the nation’s next “greatest generation,” a Medal of Honor winner told those gathered for East Carolina University’s Veterans Day ceremony.
“On this veteran’s day I think about the 1.5 million men and women we have in the service today who are part of the next ‘greatest generation,’” said retired Col. Joe Marm of Goldsboro, who delivered the veteran’s day message. “I think about the wounded warriors learning to use their prosthetic limbs … about the lone sentinel, standing guard … ”
That service and the sacrifice it represents is not ordinary, Marm said, and should not be taken for granted.
“These soldiers don’t see themselves as brave or special, they see themselves as doing their job,” he said.
“Our democracy is dependent on the willingness of our finest citizens to step forward in that manner and defend the nation they love.”
The ECU ceremony, historic because it took place on 11/11/11 and began promptly at 1:11 p.m., honored a long-standing tradition of military service by the campus, said Steve Duncan, assistant vice chancellor for administration and finance and military programs.