Remembering 9/11 On A Military College Campus

Remembering 9/11 On A Military College Campus

Honoring those fallen 15 years later at Norwich University.
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15 years ago, four airplanes were hijacked and used to carry out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the attacks, including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.

Most of the current students at Norwich were in Kindergarten, or not yet in school when this happened. Many of us may not actually remember that day, but the majority of us were affected- arguably more than students on other college campuses due to the strong military presence in our lives. Almost every single student will say that they had one or several loved ones deployed due to the 9/11 attacks. We also know several students personally that knew first-responders and civilians who fell victim to the attacks that day, including some that gave their lives for others.

Here at Norwich, we have a very special way of remembering the 9/11 victims and the sacrifices made on that day. Every September 10, since 2001, Cadets put down an American flag for every life lost on that day, surrounding the flag flying at half mast.

Starting at midnight on 9/11, and running for 24 hours, we have what are known as Vigil Tours. Vigil Tours consist of a senior in the Corps Of Cadets marching across the parade ground in front of the memorial in place for the victims. The marching is done at an incredibly slow pace, with the march taking exactly 30 minutes. The 48 cadets march these tours wearing dress tunic, carrying a rifle to symbolize the protection that our military and service men and women provide for this country. This is also our way of honoring the victims of that day.

The memorial consists of echo taps in the evening where the whole Regiment of Cadets salutes the flag as a unit while Amazing Grace plays across the campus. Following that, members of the corps and civilians participate in a candlelight vigil as a final remembrance for the sacrifices made 15 years ago today.

Every year we hold this memorial service to remember the second worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil in our country’s history. The men and women that gave their lives on that day shall never be forgotten. And this memorial, done by Norwich students, is the least we can do to honor the victims of these attacks. Regardless of if we remember the day personally or know someone who was affected, we will continue to memorialize the lives lost, and never forget why we seek to protect this great nation.
Cover Image Credit: Norwich University Corps of Cadets

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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American Or Christian?

Can you really be both?

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This is a thought that has lingered in my mind for a very long time.

Personally, I hate news and politics. It's depressing and it seems like both parties (and people in general) just don't get it. Political conversation gets on my ever-loving nerves and literally gets me down in the dumps for the day.

I just simply don't watch it anymore. There is too much negativity.

That doesn't mean that I am uniformed. I am not advocating for ignorance or anything like that. I prefer to read and figure out my information from sites "in the middle."

As I was eating dinner with my wife the other day we started talking about the new Abortion laws in Alabama and Georgia. As a Christ-follower and a staunch defender of Biblical inerrant, I detest abortion.

Before you read any farther, you must understand something: This article is not about my defense of my beliefs regarding hot topics like abortion or homosexuality. I do not have the time to write about said topics now. I am just asking you to accept what I believe for the sake of the article.

But, anyway, these abortion bills. I can make a pretty good case that they are Constitutional because they are protecting the Life (one of the Rights given to American Citizens) from others. Yes, I know the arguments against said point but continue with me please.

This led our conversation to talk about Homosexual marriage, something that I am against as well. And not just because of Leviticus but because of the New Testament as well.

But, shaking my head, I said something that my wife seemed to agree with:

"As a Christian, I know it's wrong and I cannot agree with it. As an American, I see no reason why it should be illegal. Unless your choices infringe someone's Rights, you should be free to do what you wish (technically speaking)."

This is my dilemma. Well, actually it's not a dilemma. I know that I am a Christian before I am an American. I love this country greatly, and I know how blessed I am to be born here. For all the hate this country gets (and some of it is deserved) and all the problems we have (and we have a lot), we are shoulders above other countries in many ways. I am so thankful for all the men and women who have served to protect me and keep me safe. I'm thankful for a lot of things. And I am proud to be an American.

But my identity in Christ comes first. This is why I do not get into politics much. I don't really care at the end of the day. Because while America has been blessed, we still have work to do here. And this is not my forever home. This is not where I will spend eternity.

I try and respect everyone's opinions, and I earnestly try to love everyone, even when they trash and disrespect my beliefs and convictions. But I must put my call to Christ about anything that has to do with this nation. I will pray for ALL our leaders because I was told to do so (I prayed for President Obama when he was in office). And I will be here to support this nation. But I cannot put it above Christ's commands.

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