Despite Frigid Temps, UMD AFROTC Honors Veterans with 24-Hour Outdoor Vigil

Updated: November 11, 2019 09:27 PM

On a historic cold Veterans Day, Cadets at UMD honored veterans with their annual Round-the-Clock Watch. 


UMD's Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) began posting watch at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning. They will be there until mignight Tuesday. 

"It's a good experience to sit there and think about and reflect about all those who have served before you," Cadet Andrew Benson and a UMD sophomore said. "Personally I like to think about my grandparents, my grandfather in particular. Both of them have served in the military some way, shape or form."

The Cadets are stationed at the flagpole outside the front entrance of the Darland Administration Building. Two at a time, they stand outside for a perioud of 30 minutes. 

"I am honored to be a part of the Veterans Day vigil today," Cadet Miranda Dewaard and UMD sophomore said after her shift. "Veterans Day means a lot to me being a part of ROTC and my whole family's heritage has been a part of military. 

The 24-hour watch tradition began in 1992, when UMD’s AFROTC cadets joined local veterans at the Veterans’ Memorial on the Lakewalk.

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