COM's Great Debate: Should the U.S. Pay Reparations for Slavery? on Wednesday, November 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Tsai Performance Center
Week of  2 November 2001 · Vol. V, No. 12


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BU's band of brothers at Fort Devens, 1966:
In the past, ROTC cadets would journey to Fort Devens in Ayer, Mass., for drills and training. Although the 9,400-acre site was closed in 1996, the University's ROTC program is going strong and has been (except for a brief hiatus in the '70s) since its inception on August 16, 1919, when the U.S. War Department authorized the establishment of a Students' Army Training Corps at the University. Its first two battalions belonged to the College of Business Administration; marching drills were conducted on the Boston Common. Today BU is one of only a few colleges and universities nationwide to house ROTC programs representing all branches of the military -- Army, Navy, and Air Force (the Marine Corps is affiliated with the Navy). This year, in observance of Veterans Day, more than 100 ROTC cadets will participate in a 24-hour vigil on campus to honor veterans, prisoners of war (POWs), and those missing in action (MIA). The event will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, on Marsh Plaza and conclude with a retreat ceremony and the playing of Taps at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7. During the vigil, uniformed pairs of Air Force and Army ROTC cadets, as well as Navy ROTC midshipmen, will march between the American and POW/MIA flags that will flank Marsh Plaza. Changing of the guard will occur every 20 minutes. The vigil is sponsored by the Lance P. Sijan Squadron of the Arnold Air Society, an honorary service organization composed of Air Force ROTC cadets. During the closing ceremony, Colonel David DellaVolpe, Air Force ROTC detachment commander at BU, will speak. Photo by BU Photo Services


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