HAMPTON, Va. (Nov. 2, 2017) — Hampton University will continue the 150/40 dual anniversaries celebration with a roundtable discussion recognizing the university’s contributions to the United States Armed Forces over the last 150 years, Saturday Nov.11 at 10:30am.
“What better day to discuss Hampton University’s contributions to our country’s military than on Veterans Day?” asked Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “I’m proud to have served and to share the feeling of pride and importance that comes with wearing the uniform of our country’s armed forces.”
The roundtable discussion will take place in Turner Hall and feature representatives from local military installations including Langley Air Force Base and Hampton University’s Army and Navy ROTC cadets. The panel will discuss Hampton University’s lineage in the US military, honor alumni both active duty and retired as well as feature members of Hampton University’s ROTC first class (senior) cadets. During the program, Dr. Harvey will be recognized for his service to the United States Army. During Dr. Harvey’s three years of service, he saw duty in Europe and in the United States. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.
“Hampton University has a long and proud tradition of preparing its students to be of service to the nation and the communities in which they live,” said Paul C. Harris, Hampton University Senior Vice-President. “This extraordinary legacy of duty, service and excellence dates back to our founder, General Samuel Chapman Armstrong and has governed the lives of Hamptonians since that time. Service is part of the Hampton DNA. One of General Armstrong’s students, Robert Russa Moton, who later in life succeeded Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee Institute, served for 25 years as Hampton’s commandant of male student cadets and executive officer prior to becoming Tuskegee’s second president. Young Hampton cadets marching around campus in military formations and engaging in military training have been vibrant features of the Hampton experience from the very beginning. As of today, 13 outstanding Hamptonians have achieved the rank of general officer in the United States Army, making our 150-year history of military training and service a distinctive American story worthy of commemoration.”