Office of the President
Communications from CCU President David A. DeCenzo
Veteran's Day Message
Nov. 11, 2016
Transcript of video message
Hello, I’m President David DeCenzo. On this Veteran's Day, we take time to reflect on the men and women who have served and currently serve our nation in the armed forces. Traditionally, we say, "Thank you for your service" – five simple words that carry tremendous weight when spoken to a veteran. But how do we even begin to show our appreciation to those who have sacrificed so much, many who have placed themselves in the most dangerous of circumstances, to protect and preserve our freedom?
Elmer Davis served as director of the United States Office of War Information during World War II and he said, "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." We are thankful for the bravery of our veterans.
American scholar Joseph Campbell defined a HERO as "someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." We are grateful for heroes among us – our veterans. Grateful for their willingness to step beyond the comforts of life – their neighborhoods, homes, families, friends – to train and defend against dangers that threaten our way of life. Our liberty.
Veterans would likely tell you that this is what they signed up for – to leave the world they know for parts unknown; to experience hardships that we cannot even imagine. When I stop and really think about that sacrifice alone, I am overwhelmed with gratitude.
Here at Coastal, we are fortunate to have a vibrant veteran's community – brave souls and heroes walking beside us as we head to class, dining next to us in CINO Grille. And because of the great cultural, academic and athletic events on our campus, we also welcome veterans from the community-at-large to enjoy Coastal life.
On this Veterans Day why not strike up a conversation with a veteran. They may even want to share some of their experiences so that we can understand better what it means to serve our country. Tell them how much you appreciate their service.
And let me be among the first to say "Thank you." I know that without your commitment to the principles of this nation, we would not remain free. Know that I deeply admire and respect your sacrifice.
Happy Veterans Day.