A Veterans Day Message Honoring All Who Served

As we mark Veterans Day today, we pause to acknowledge those who have put on a uniform in service of the United States.

More than 520 Pacific University students and alumni served in World War II. Today, Reservists and National Guard members continue to Service flag help combat COVID-19. The experiences of the veterans among us are as different as the times, places and ways in which they served.

The past few months in particular have been distressing for many veterans who served in Afghanistan, following the U.S. withdrawal from that country. 

There is no one veteran experience, but we take to heart the words of Chris Walker ’21, a Pacific student and Marine Corps veteran who shared his perspective on this day a year ago:

“As a nation, I believe Veterans Day should be a day to reflect on the battles that veterans have fought and continue to fight, physically and mentally,” he suggested. “No battle is won alone, and Veterans Day is a day that can and should be used to let veterans know that they are not fighting alone.”

To all of our students, alumni, faculty and staff members who have served — and to the families who love and support those veterans — we see you. We hear your stories, and we stand beside you. 

Thank you for your service and your contributions to our communities, through your military service and elsewhere in your lives. 

We are proud to again be named among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges for Veterans, and we vow to continue our work to prioritize support and opportunities for our veteran community members. To continue our work to provide veteran-friendly admissions and employment processes. And to foster a supportive and welcoming environment for all veterans. 

We invite all members of our veteran community to connect with the Veterans Resource Center at veteranservices@contact.pacificu.edu. And we encourage all members of the Pacific community to take time to explore the experiences of Pacific veterans through our Military Wall of Honor and veteran stories.

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021