2019 Veterans Day observance

A Veterans Day observance is planned for 8:30-9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11, in the Princeton University Chapel.

Remarks will be delivered by Colonel Paul L. Miles, U.S. Army, Retired, who taught military and diplomatic history at Princeton from 1999 to 2013. A recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Award for Excellence in Teaching, he also was awarded the Tomlinson Fellowship in War and Society. Before joining the ranks of academe, Colonel Miles served as a regular officer in the U.S. Army. His assignments during the Vietnam War included command of an Army engineer company at Cam Ranh Bay, service as aide de camp to the chief of staff of the Army, and a second tour in Vietnam as a plans officer in Headquarters, US Military Assistance Command. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, he holds an MA in modern history from Oxford University and a PhD in history from Princeton.

The program will include an invocation by the Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, the University’s dean of religious life and of the chapel; the presentation of the colors by the Princeton University Army ROTC “Tiger” Battalion cadets; and the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful by Kenneth Grayson, supervisor in the University electric shop. Dr. Mary Rorro, psychiatrist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will play a viola solo and Eric Schweingruber, will play Taps. The benediction will be offered by Imam Sohaib Sultan, the Muslim chaplain at Princeton University.

The University and local communities are invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by the Offices of the Vice President for Campus Life, Religious Life, Human Resources, the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, the Princeton University Army ROTC, Rutgers-Princeton University Naval ROTC, Alumni and Friends of Princeton University ROTC, Princeton Veterans Alumni Association, Military and Service Veterans Resource Group and the Princeton Student Veterans Organization.


November 11, 2019


8:30 a.m.