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Thoughts of Memorial Day

May 23, 2014


Dear friends and fellow Hoosiers,


This Memorial Day weekend, we will pause to honor the men and women in uniform who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.  There will be parades, cookouts, and like many of you I’ll be putting flags at the graves of family members who were veterans.  Hoosiers have a deep tradition of service. In the past century Indiana has sent a larger proportion of their young men and women to serve than all but two other states.


Ancilla College has been in the news recently for the steps we’ve taken to be named a Military Friendly institution open to veterans and their families. I’m very proud of that and the many efforts of our staff and faculty have made to help in the transition from soldier to student. We can do more. This summer we will reach out again across northern Indiana to veterans of all ages, from every branch of the service, and to their families. We will work hard to smooth out the paperwork and other issues that sometimes crop up. I hope the message is a loud and clear one; Ancilla’s classrooms are open to veterans and their families.


Today there are more than 2 million US citizens (active duty and reserves) who are voluntarily serving today. They are our fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, neighbors and friends.  If you get a chance this weekend, please say “thank you” to a soldier.  We owe each of them a debt that can never be repaid, but their sacrifice can be honored.


I hope you celebrate the freedom that we enjoy with friends and family this weekend. Remember to buckle-up and be safe out there.


Eric Wignall

Executive Director of Admissions

Ancilla College