Broadview Veterans’ Tree: Honoring All Who Have Served Our Country
Published on November 19, 2014 by Karen Newmeyer
By Brent Clark, Director of Career Services and Retired Sergeant, U.S. Army
I have always searched for the rights words to say to my fellow veterans: men and women who served before me who laid the foundations of freedom that we all enjoy.
What is even more difficult is finding the right response when people thank me for my service. I know that I am not alone.
Many of us don’t know how to say thank you to those who have been willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for freedoms that are commonplace to all Americans. What is even more difficult is expressing gratitude to the surviving family members of those who did give all.
Broadview University (BVU) is no different when it comes to showing gratitude to the past, present and future members of the Armed Forces. Over the years, BVU has strove to give thanks in ways that give true respect to the valiant individuals who have fought for our freedoms.
This year, the BVU-Orem campus took a different, more reverent, approach to honoring our nation’s veterans. That approach is the “Veterans’ Tree.”
An evergreen, straight and true, pointing upward, never changing for the seasons, was chosen. On that tree, students, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to remember the veterans who have influenced their lives. Makeshift “dog tags” and ribbons were placed on the tree with the names of those who are serving, who have served and those who gave all they had in service of our country.
- White: In memory of a family member of friend who lost his/her life in service
- Red: Student/staff/faculty member who served
- Blue: In honor of a family member or friend who is currently serving
- Yellow: General support and thanks to all veterans and service members
- Black: In recognition of a POW/MIA service member
- Purple: In honor of a Purple Heart recipient
Broadview University is proud of its students, staff and faculty, all of whom understand that freedom is not free.
“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.”
—Dan Lipinski, U.S. representative for Illinois, 3rd Congressional District
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