The Veterans Alumni Network (BCVAN) sponsors several events throughout the year that bring together veterans from throughout the BC community. Their signature event is held on Veterans Day each year and includes a Mass and a Remembrance Ceremony. Other events include a gathering at Reunion each year as well as opportunities for veterans to join together socially.


 

Upcoming Events

Cape Cod Wreaths Across America

Cape Cod Wreaths Across America


WHEN: December 18, 2021 | 10:00 AM EST

WHERE: Massachusetts National Cemetery
Connery Ave.
Buzzards Bay, Mass.

 

Each December, BC alumni, parents, and friends gather at the Massachusetts National Cemetery to pay respect to BC veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In conjunction with the Wreaths Across America program and in partnership with the BC Veterans Alumni Network (BCVAN), we visit several graves, share the alum's story, say their name, and remember them by saying a prayer and laying a wreath on their grave.

Afterward, please join us for a reception at the Brookside Country Club located at 11 Brigadoone Road in Buzzards Bay—just five miles from the Massachusetts National Cemetery—to warm up with some clam chowder, appetizers, and BC camaraderie.

We will gather at Section 54 at the Massachusetts National Cemetery at 10 a.m. Look for the BC flag and colors upon arrival. This is a family-friendly event, and all are welcome.

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Past Events

21st Annual Veterans Mass and Remembrance Ceremony

21st Annual Veterans Mass and Remembrance Ceremony

On Thursday, November 11, nearly 200 people gathered on campus for the 21st Annual Veterans Day Mass and Remembrance Ceremony, when retired Rear Admiral Raymond E. Berube ’78 gave a powerful keynote address. We honored the Redgate family as 1LT Thomas Redgate’s name was recently added to the other 210 names on the Memorial Wall after his remains were recently returned from North Korea.

Boston College 21st Annual Veterans Mass

Remembrance Ceremony

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A Salute to BC Veterans

WHEN: June 24, 2021
WHERE: Online

Join the Boston College Veterans Alumni Network (BCVAN) for an online event that celebrated BC veterans. The event provided updates about BC's many veterans' programs and initiatives, a toast to reunion-year alumni, and time to network in small groups online. Phil Jennings '86 will be the featured speaker. Phil highlights three unique considerations associated with peace enforcement operations in Kosovo after a NATO-led war effort halted systematic ethnic cleansing. During his deployment, Phil served as the senior pilot for the commanding general of the U.S. Forces in Kosovo, and he had a front-row seat for the diplomatic efforts by the U.S. and NATO to ensure peace and stability in the region.



Virtual Event: The Battle of Bunker Hill: A Cautionary Tale

WHEN: March 18, 2021

WHERE: Online

The Boston College Veterans Alumni Network (BCVAN) hosted its first online history lesson. Brian Cummins '82 explained how the Battle of Bunker Hill—or was it that "other" hill?—was a battle fought in error and contradiction, where the defeated won the laurels of liberty while the victorious incomprehensibly lost a colonial empire. The story of the Battle of Bunker Hill serves as a cautionary tale of great power overreach, replete with heroics, valor, incompetence, deceit, and hubris.



Convergent Leadership: The Military and Athletics

February 4, 2021

Listen in to an interactive discussion between members of the Boston College Veterans Alumni Network (BCVAN) and Boston College Athletics community. The panelists discussed what they have learned and how they utilize the skills obtained in the military and/or athletics to enhance their careers and impact their lives. Panelists include Michael Gambino ’99, BC Baseball Head Coach, David Dauphinais ’05, former Navy Seal, and Erin Flaherty Shea '10, CGSON'12, '20, Air Force Veteran.





Virtual Wreaths Across America 2020

Our annual participation in the Wreaths Across America event went virtual this year. While we honored four alumni veterans from across our nation in this online event, we honor all alumni veterans who served our country in appreciation of their service.

 

Since 2009 BC alumni have been gathering at Arlington National Cemetery in December to help place wreaths on every grave as part of the Wreaths Across America program. Brian Cummins ’82 started this tradition as he began identifying BC alumni buried at Arlington. Each year a group of alumni visit a number of BC graves to learn about the soldier, place a wreath, show the BC colors, and say a prayer. In 2017 a similar program was launched at Bourne National Cemetery in Massachusetts and in 2018, alumni in Florida started their own “Wreaths” tradition. In 2019 the San Diego Chapter joined in the effort by hosting their first event at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.







Wreaths Across America 2019

Since 2009 BC alumni have been gathering at Arlington National Cemetery in December to help place wreaths on every grave as part of the Wreaths Across America program. Brian Cummins ’82 started this tradition as he began identifying BC alumni buried at Arlington. Each year a group of alumni visit a number of BC graves to learn about the soldier, place a wreath, show the BC colors, and say a prayer. In 2017 a similar program was launched at Bourne National Cemetery in Massachusetts, making this the third year that we visited BC alumni graves at Bourne. In 2018, alumni in Florida started their own “Wreaths” tradition and this year the San Diego Chapter joined in the effort by hosting their first event at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Despite rain all along the east coast, BC alumni attended and participated as we paid our respects to our veterans. In 2019 over 250 alumni registered to attend these our events to honor our veterans. #BCSTRONG

19th Annual Veterans Day Mass and Remembrance Ceremony – 2019

Over 200 alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered on the Heights on November 11 for the 19th annual Veterans Day events. Fr. John Monahan, SJ presided at the Mass and Joseph P. Connolly ‘85 gave the keynote address at the ceremony. Boston College’s ROTC program hosted the program.

READ JOSEPH CONNOLLY’S SPEECH


 

 

18th Annual Veterans Day Mass and Remembrance Ceremony – 2018

Nearly 150 alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends joined together in St. Mary’s chapel on November 9 for the 18th annual Veterans Day events. Fr. Robert Keane, SJ presided at the Mass and Michael Dunford ’82 gave the keynote address at the ceremony. Boston College’s ROTC program hosted the program.

2nd Annual Veterans Kick-Off Event - Oct. 3, 2018 


Over 70 BC veterans and their guests - alumni, students, faculty and staff - joined together at Cadigan Alumni Center to network and kick off the new academic year. Guest speakers included David Cote CGSOM'19, President of the Student Veterans Association, Dan Arkins MCAS'81, BCVAN Co-Chair, and Michael Lochhead CSOM'93, CGSOM'99, P'21, Executive Vice President. 

8th Annual BC Veterans Reunion Event - June 2, 2018

On Saturday, June 2 the BC Veterans Alumni Network held its 8th annual Veterans Reception during Reunion Weekend. Michael Lochhead, BC's Executive Vice President and US Army veteran, gave the keynote address to 150 alumni and friends.

Veterans Kick Off Event - September 28, 2017

With the formation of the Student Veterans Group in the Spring of 2017, BCVAN joined forces to co-host the first Student-Alumni Veteran’s Kick Off event. Over 70 people attended, including alumni, students, faculty and staff, to network and kick off the new academic year. Guest speakers included Bill Kelley CGSOM’18 and Lisa Smith SSW’18, two of the founding members of the Student Veterans Group, along with BCVAN Co-Chairs Dan Arkins ’81 and George Harrington ’80.

7th Annual BC Veterans Reunion Event - June 3, 2017


On Saturday, June 3 the BC Veterans Alumni Network held its 7th annual Veterans Reception during Reunion Weekend. Lieutenant Colonel Brian J. Cummins '82, USA (ret.) gave the keynote address to 150 alumni and friends. 

16th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony 2016

This year all veterans in attendance were presented with a BC Veteran pin which features the American flag and the BC flag. Professor Ann Burgess from the Connell School of Nursing was the guest speaker. (Photos by Frank Curran)

Wreaths Across America, 2015

Veteran's Reception, Reunion Weekend 2015

Click the button below to read Jim Huse's speech from the Veterans Reunion Reception on May 30, 2015.

Wreaths Across America 2014 

14th Annual Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony- Veterans Day 2014

Keynote speaker Larry Rawson ’63, Captain USMCR delivered his speech during the ceremony at the Veterans Memorial on Burns Lawn.

4th Annual Veterans' Reception- Reunion Weekend 2014 

Wreaths Across America 2013 

13th Annual Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony

3rd Annual Veterans' Reception- Reunion Weekend 2013

Wreaths Across America 2012 

12th Annual Veterans Day Remembrance Mass and Ceremony