For Tim Nolte, Veterans Day is “a day to reflect about the men and women I served with who didn’t make it home.”
Nolte, a Law School student, former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant, and co-president of the Suffolk Law Veterans Association, said: “Today, it’s all about those veterans who paid the ultimate price for our country and honoring them.”
Nolte was among the speakers at a Veterans Day ceremony that brought together students, faculty, and staff. The ceremony included the rededication of the U.S. flag that was hung in Sargent Hall following the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Suffolk show choir’s singing of the national anthem, and a moment of silence.
President Margaret A. McKenna said that a nation can be judged on how it treats the men and women who serve in its military and that she would like to see the United States do more for veterans of recent conflicts.
McKenna said Suffolk is a welcoming place for veterans, and while she is proud of Suffolk's efforts to assist student veterans, her goal is to see the University do more. She also expects Suffolk to engage in the larger conversation about how society can better support veterans.
Army veteran Howard “Rhett” Ross, a law student who also serves as a captain in the National Guard, is positive about his Suffolk experience.
“When it comes to veterans, the culture here is very healthy and supportive,” he said. “It has been that way with my fellow students and the faculty since I enrolled. Suffolk Law wants to see its students succeed. There’s a sincerity here that you don’t see at other institutions.”
Marine Corps veteran Dwayne Smith, a freshman accounting major and president of the Suffolk Student Veterans Organization, said: “This event gives me a huge sense of pride and accomplishment. It … shows others that veterans can come back into society and contribute successfully. Suffolk is taking the proper steps in raising awareness of veterans in our school and throughout the community.”
Many members of the Suffolk community attending the ceremony wore American flag ribbon pins made available throughout campus by the Office of Student Affairs.
And law students continued their yearly effort on behalf of Operation Care for Troops, which collects personal items to fulfill wish lists from deployed units. Students also are collecting donations this week for the New England Center for Homeless Veterans on Court Street in Boston.