Saturday Events to Honor Boston College Veterans

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

The 193 Boston College alumni known to have lost their lives in service to the nation will be honored by their fellow University veterans this Saturday at a special memorial Mass, barbecue reception and pre-football game ceremony.

More than 300 members of the University community who are military veterans and their families will take part in the commemoration activities, which are sponsored by the Boston College Alumni Association and the University's Army ROTC detachment.

Alumni Chaplain William C. McInnes, SJ, will celebrate the 9 a.m. Mass in St. Ignatius Church. During the Mass, the alumni veterans will present the University with a remembrance book listing the names of former students who died in military service during World Wars I and II, the Korean War and Vietnam War.

Following the Mass, the ROTC unit will host alumni veterans and families at a reception and barbecue on the Recreation Complex patio. BC's Navy and Air Force ROTC candidates also will attend this event.

ROTC cadets will present the national colors in ceremonies prior to the Boston College-Pittsburgh football game at noon in Alumni Stadium. Graduates representing all branches of the nation's armed forces will join the cadet honor guard on the field.

"We are hopeful that this will eventually lead to the placing of a plaque with the names of all alumni who died in wartime service in an appropriate location on campus," said Associate Dean for Student Development D. Michael Ryan '67, a member of the alumni committee organizing the event.

The only such commemorative plaque on campus - located in Gasson 100 - lists the names of the 157 alumni who died during World War II. Fifteen alumni died in service during World War I, three in Korea and 18 are known to have died during the Vietnam War, according to Ryan, who served as an Army infantry officer in Vietnam.

Ryan said he hopes that this Saturday's events will also lead to the identification of any additional alumni who may have died in wartime military service.

 

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