University Remembers Fallen Heroes at Veterans' Day Campus Ceremony

University Remembers Fallen Heroes at Veterans' Day Campus Ceremony

More than 40 Boston College-affiliated military veterans and cadets from the University's ROTC detachment heard College of Advancing Studies faculty member James Murphy Jr. read his poignant Korean War essay "Freedom Village" in a special Veterans' Day ceremony in Gasson Hall on Monday.

The ceremony, sponsored by the Office of Human Resources and Army ROTC, honored members of the Boston College community who lost their lives in the nation's military conflicts.

Murphy's essay, which was chosen to be the lead article in the recently published anthology Chicken Soup for the Veterans' Soul, is the 1958 graduate's eyewitness account of a prisoner-of-war exchange at the end of the Korean War.

Murphy, who teaches creative writing and literature in CAS, served as an Army infantryman in Korea. After military service, he returned to Boston College to complete his degree.

The ceremony also included the reading of the roll of Boston College graduates killed in action in World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. University employees who are military veterans responded on behalf of the deceased alumni.

"I feel very comfortable being with these people," Murphy said after speaking to the group. "They know what we all have been through."

-Reid Oslin

 

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