Annual ceremony honors ROTC students

first_imgArmy, Navy and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units gathered on South Quad Wednesday afternoon to participate in the annual Pass in Review, a symbolic display of skill, precision and patriotism. The ceremony included a benediction by director of Campus Ministry Fr. Peter Rocca, the presentation of student awards and a speech from University President Fr. John Jenkins. Rosie LoVoi | The Observer Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) students gathered Wednesday afternoon for the Pass-in-Review ceremony on South Quad.Rocca gave an opening prayer of thanksgiving for the “cadets and midshipmen who wish to serve our country and make the world a better place.”“We are grateful as well for the blessings of scholarship and of learning, of faith and of service,” Rocca said.University president Fr. John Jenkins gave a speech at the ceremony praising the ROTC men and women for their dedication, both to Notre Dame and their country.“I want to congratulate warmly all the award winners,” Jenkins said. “But I want to congratulate each and every member of Notre Dame ROTC. In addition to the demanding course of studies that each of you undertake, you also have too the responsibilities of Notre Dame ROTC.”Jenkins said this year was momentous for Notre Dame ROTC because it was the Navy’s 75th anniversary on campus. He said the Navy’s presence began in 1941, when Notre Dame was a training center for the Navy during World War II.  Jenkins also said it was the 65th anniversary of Army ROTC and mentioned also that Air Force began in 1947.“These are proud milestones, but as was said earlier, the officer training goes back even further to the days of Father Sorin,” Jenkins said.Jenkins talked about the variety of military training on campus. He said with the outbreak of World War I many members of the Notre Dame community displayed their loyalty by serving in the military.“The names of those who died in that conflict … are immortalized in the East Door of the Basilica. And over that east door is the motto ‘God, Country, Notre Dame.’“But as we all know, it has almost become a motto for Notre Dame for what we espouse, for what we consider important, for a sense of service, a sense of sacrifice,” Jenkins said.Jenkins said the spirit of Notre Dame ROTC embodies the Notre Dame spirit in general.“I just ask you to always remember the values you learn at Notre Dame. As you go forth into military service and even beyond that; a sense of leadership, a sense of community, a sense of looking out for one another and a sense of self-sacrifice for something greater in your lives.”Jenkins said General Martin Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be speaking at Commencement and noted that he is an exemplary figure of leadership and service.He said he commends members of the ROTC for being trained as sailors and soldiers of not only great skill, but also enlightened consciences.“You have contemplated the morality of warfare and embraced the virtues of peace,” Jenkins said. “Highest among these virtues stand courage, justice, faith, hope and love. These values will serve you in your future.”Jenkins finished his speech by thanking the military men and women for representing Notre Dame in the best way possible.“Wherever you go, we ask you to bring Notre Dame with you, bring that spirit with you,” he said. “We hope that this spirit, which has infused so many generations of Notre Dame graduates, will be part of your lives as well.”Tags: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Father John Jenkins, navy ROTC, Pass in Reviewlast_img read more

Rochdale stun Spurs to force FA Cup replay

first_img0Shares0000Rochdale’s players, and their mascot, celebrated after Ian Henderson scores the opening goal © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 18 – Lowly Rochdale scored deep into stoppage time to deny Tottenham Hotspur victory as their FA Cup fifth-round tie ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday.It seemed Spurs had done enough to book their place in the quarter-finals when in-form England striker Harry Kane, on as a substitute, scored from the penalty spot with two minutes of normal time remaining to make it 2-1 to the visitors. But Rochdale, who had opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time through Ian Henderson, equalised when substitute Steve Davies scored from 12 yards in the third minute of stoppage time.This result means Rochdale, bottom of third-tier League One, can now look forward to a lucrative replay at Wembley — the national stadium is London club Tottenham’s temporary home while their successor ground to White Hart Lane is completed.“They say it’s every kid’s dream (to play at Wembley) and we have done enough to go there,” Davies told the BBC, before saying of his equaliser: “I’ve done my job, it’s dropped to me and I’ve finished it.”Rochdale went ahead when Henderson crowned a slick move that made a mockery of the club’s league position with a composed finish after an excellent angled through-ball from Andrew Cannon split Spurs’ defence.Lucas Moura, however, drew Spurs level, exchanging passes with Moussa Sissoko and beating Rochdale keeper John Lillis just shy of the hour-mark.It seemed Spurs’ recovery was complete when Rochdale defender Harrison McGahey brought down Dele Alli and Kane beat Lillis, who dived the right way, with a well-struck penalty.But there was still time for one more twist which means Spurs are facing a Wembley replay for the second round in a row, having needed two games to end fourth-tier strugglers Newport County’s FA Cup run.“It’s unbelievable,” said Henderson. “We played some incredible football against Spurs. We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them.”– ‘FA Cup magic’Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, tried to play down the inconvenience of an unscheduled extra game for his side, still involved in the Champions League and in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League.“The FA Cup is magic,” said Pochettino, as the Argentinian gave voice to one of English football’s best-loved, but in this case apt, cliches.“We have another opportunity at Wembley, the same situation like before.”Paying the penalty: Tottenham’s Harry Kane scores the second goal from the penalty spot © AFP / Oli SCARFFPochettino paid tribute to Rochdale, saying the way they had raised their game for the FA Cup was no shock in his eyes.“I was not surprised,” he said. “This competition is completely different. Newport gave us a fantastic game and they lost their next game in the league 5-0.”Whichever club wins at Wembley will face either Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea, who will also need a replay after Saturday’s goalless draw at Hillsborough, in the quarter-finals.Saturday’s draw saw four of the top Premier League’s top five kept apart in the quarter-finals, with Manchester United hosting Brighton — a repeat of the 1983 final won by United in a replay — and Chelsea away to Leicester.Romelu Lukaku scored twice for United as they won 2-0 in a match where Jose Mourinho’s side had to make do without Paul Pogba after the midfielder withdrew on the morning of the match with an unspecified “illness”.United’s first brush with the controversial Video Assistant Referee saw them denied a goal when, leading 1-0, technology helped decide ‘scorer’ Juan Mata had been offside, although it was a desperately close call that took several minutes to resolve — much to the frustration of players and fans alike.“I think our game is so beautiful that to change we have to change for the better,” said Mourinho. “If they find a way in the VAR that the VAR is always right and always bring the truth, I’m happy.”Manchester City continue their quest for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup with a fifth round trip to Wigan on Monday.Should Pep Guardiola’s men avoid a repeat of the Latics’ shock 2013 FA Cup final victory, City will be at home to Southampton in the quarter-finals.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more