November 11, 2011

Community Supports Veterans

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Veterans Day marks a time to show gratitude for those who have served in the military; members of the Hamline community are expanding that expression beyond just one day.  

An event held to honor current and former members of the military, their families, and anyone else associated with branches of the U.S. service, featured a keynote address by retired Brigadier General John P. Silliman. The Veterans Day event was also an opportunity for the oldest university in Minnesota to celebrate many generations of dedication and service.   

“This is a way to highlight the sacrifice and courage of those in uniform,” Noel Cronin, a 1st lieutenant in the Army National Guard and program coordinator at the Hamline School of Education, said. “It’s the university’s way of serving those who have served us.” 

Cronin is also pursuing his Master of Arts in Education degree at Hamline. He says that the university is an ideal institution for a veteran because of its welcoming campus and an administration committed to veterans’ affairs.  

Morgan Gabse, a veteran of the Air Force and current student at the Hamline School of Law agreed, saying that she’s received outstanding support from staff and faculty. She is a member of the Hamline Law Veterans Association, one of the groups that sponsored the Veterans Day appreciation event.  

Gabse also unveiled a new veterans’ scholarship for current law school students comprised of donated funds from members of the greater community.  

“It’s a very practical way in which we can serve veterans,” Gabse said. “This makes us one of only two law schools in the state that offer law school scholarships to former or current members of the U.S. Armed Forces.” 

Both Cronin and Gabse say that this is a great way for people to show their appreciation for the many sacrifices made by veterans.  

“Hamline goes above and beyond for those who have themselves gone above and beyond and have served our country,” Cronin said.  

Learn more about veterans’ affairs at Hamline. 

Learn about the history of veterans at Hamline, Minnesota’s oldest institution of higher learning.