|Thank you for your service, congratulations|
|Wednesday, May 9, 2012|
By SAM HATCHER
More than four dozen World War II veterans, some in wheelchairs, others on walkers and many still physically fit, showed up on the Cumberland University campus yesterday to be recognized for their service to our country and to receive Honorary Master’s degrees in Military Arts.
The occasion was all it was meant to be.
A hearth-throbbing rendition of the National Anthem, the posting of Colors, “Taps,” a 21-gun salute and a fly-over of vintage warplanes made the ceremony a most memorable event.
Those receiving degrees came from far and near. From California, Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and other states they came. And they also came from Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville, Nashville, Lewisburg, Shelbyville, Brentwood and other Middle Tennessee communities.
Ranging in age from their mid-80s to near 100, this group of distinguished heroes are now distinguished alumni of Cumberland University.
They and 850,000 others trained here in Middle Tennessee 70 years ago for the war being fought in Europe. It was the largest military training exercise ever for American troops who spread across 22 counties practicing how to become an elite fighting force.
As each day passes there are fewer and fewer members of this class.
May we say thank you for your service and congratulations to these degree recipients.
To read more on the veterans receiving honorary degrees, click here.