CSON Grad First Woman to Address Veterans Event
ByArmy Col. Darlene MacIsaac Hinojosa, a 1986 graduate of the Connell School of Nursing, will be the featured speaker at the University’s 10th annual Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony to be held on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Col. Hinojosa, the first CSON graduate – and the first woman - to address the veterans’ gathering, is a nurse practitioner serving on active duty with the US Army Nurse Corps. In her current assignment, she is tracking the medical and outreach treatment of military reservists and national guardsmen who were injured while serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The day’s events will begin with a 9:30 a.m. Mass in St. Ignatius Church, followed by a remembrance ceremony and roll call at the University’s Veterans Memorial Wall on the Bapst Library lawn. The Mass and ceremony are open to all alumni and the University community.
“I feel honored to have been invited to participate in the ceremony,” said Col. Hinojosa, who has served in the Army for 24 years and has not been back to campus since her graduation. “People tend to forget that there are medical professionals who are there to take care of the troops when they are injured in battle and when they come home. Our mission is to conserve the nation’s fighting strength – whether that means putting people back together, getting rehabilitation for them and getting them back to duty.
“Nurses have been on the battlefield taking care of soldiers since the Revolutionary War,” she said. “The nurses have always gone where the soldiers are, not just to provide medical nursing care, but to provide the comfort care that is needed during times of conflict. Nurses have always been there.”
The annual veterans’ remembrance event, which has drawn increased participation each year since its inception a decade ago, is co-sponsored by the Boston College Alumni Association, the Human Resources Department and BC’s Army ROTC unit.
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Boston College’s Veterans Memorial Wall, which was formally dedicated on Veterans Day 2009, will have an additional name inscribed this year: Marine Corps Maj. John J. Canney Jr. ’38, who was killed in action in the battle at the Chosin Reservoir in Korea in 1950.
“The school did not have a record of Korean War veterans,” says Paul Delaney ’66, co-chair of the Veterans Memorial Committee. “We have been collecting names. This is the seventh name of an alumnus who died on active duty during the Korean War that we have found.”
Maj. Canney, a native of Cambridge, was executive officer of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines at the time of his death on Nov. 28, 1950 during the famous battle at the “Frozen Chosin.” He was awarded a Navy Cross posthumously for his gallantry in the action.
Maj. Canney’s name will be added to the list of 209 other former Boston College students who lost their lives in the service of the nation during wartime on the sweeping 70-foot long memorial wall located on the Bapst Lawn near the main entrance to campus.