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Undying Gratitude

ONU celebrates Veterans Day with heartfelt thanks.

Ohio Northern University has a longstanding military legacy, from its founding to present day, and even though the annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 10 saw a change in venue this year, the same heartfelt message remained.

The public ceremony was moved from its traditional location by the Lehr statue to Presser Hall due to cold temperatures. It featured a variety of patriotic displays, including the presenting of the color guard, musical tribute, laying of memorial wreaths and the playing of taps. The Rev. David MacDonald, university chaplain, welcomed all in attendance. Mayor of Ada David Retterer offered a few patriotic sentiments, and ONU President Dan DiBiasio thanked all those involved in military service on behalf of the University.

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude,” DiBiasio said. “Veterans and active-duty men and women most deserve our gratitude and so do all who have served, are currently serving or are preparing to serve. We have our undying gratitude to you and appreciation as well to all of you and your families.

Keynote speaker Wynn Hauenstein, BA ’67, an ONU alumnus and Vietnam veteran, recounted his experience serving as a specialist in the Army’s 561st engineering reinforcement company during the Vietnam War. He described the struggles Vietnam veterans faced, also debunking several myths held about the war at the time. He closed with saying how proud he is to have served and how he firmly believes this country is “the greatest on the face of the earth.”

“I think I can speak for all veterans when I say we served and would serve again, and we would do it without ever expecting any thank you,” Wynn concluded, “but at an event such as this, it is indeed gratifying knowing our service has been appreciated.”