Honoring the Fallen
America’s annual Memorial Day weekend is often considered the beginning of summer. It is also a somber day — a reminder of the immense sacrifice men and women in uniform have made for our country since its birth.
Appalachian has a long history of commemorating Memorial Day.
This Memorial Day, in recognition of the significance of the federal holiday, the university will be closed; however, to honor this important day, a commemorative wreath has been placed at the Veterans Memorial, located at the west side of the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building.
Appalachian’s Joseph Bathanti has also shared one of his poems, a tribute to those who have fallen. A dedicated advocate for our country’s veterans, Joseph is a professor of creative writing in Appalachian’s Department of English, the inaugural McFarlane Family Distinguished Professor in Interdisciplinary Education and North Carolina poet laureate emeritus.
I hope you will take a moment to read the poem, reflect on the meaning of the day and spend it as you deem appropriate.
May we be ever mindful of the risks taken and sacrifices made by our armed forces every day.
Sheri Everts, Chancellor
The Appalachian Community is invited to attend a ceremony held by the High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America at 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Boone Mall.