The University of Mississippi honored the 368 Ole Miss students receiving Veteran’s Administration benefits along with all of the country’s veterans during a Nov. 10 ceremony.
Larry Ridgeway, vice chancellor for student affairs, said military students are important to the Ole Miss community. This fall the university became an active Yellow Ribbon school and has recently awarded three scholarships through that program.
“Our goal is to do everything that we can to make sure that our military students’ transition to higher education is as seamless as possible,” Ridgeway said. “We are forever grateful for the service of our military men and women, and are eager to provide them with an exceptional educational experience here at the University of Mississippi.”
Col. David McElreath, professor of legal studies at Ole Miss, served as the guest speaker for the ceremony. McElreath served in the Army, Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves until 2004. Capt. Steven Ray Thompson, marine officer instructor, introduced McElreath.
“He’s a man with many titles: doctor, educator, mentor, soldier, marine and hero,” Thompson said. “He has dedicated his life’s work to the defense of this great nation that we love so very much.”
McElreath said Veteran’s Day should be a time for reflection and remembrance.
“Today we come together to honor and remember those Americans and their families that have served our nation in war and peace,” McElreath said. “We are here to take a moment to recall those who have served and those who have been lost in the defense of our country. We are here to reflect upon the sacrifices made for our freedom.”