Veterans Day

Veterans Day Observance
Friday, November 10, 2023
Princeton University Chapel
9:00 a.m.

An in-person Veterans Day observance is planned for 9-9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 10. The service will also be live streamed on the Office of Religious Life Princeton YouTube channel. Members of the general public are welcome to attend this event.

Remarks will be delivered by Dr. David Leslie-Hughes, Esquire. Dr. Leslie-Hughes is President of the British Officers Club of Philadelphia and served as an officer in the British Army’s Royal Welch Fusiliers. In addition to being a Pennsylvania attorney, Dr. Leslie-Hughes holds advanced degrees in business, economics, and charitable fundraising, and his career has included senior leadership roles in the insurance and stock brokerage industries in the U.S. and Canada. A longtime member of the Princeton Officers Society, he will in part tell the story of one of the Society’s founders, Princeton’s former Dean of the Chapel Ernest Gordon, and Dean Gordon’s WWII experiences as a prisoner of the Japanese.

The program will include an invocation by the Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, the University’s dean of religious life and of the chapel; and the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful by Kenneth Grayson, supervisor in the University electric shop. Mayor Mark Freda of Princeton and Kam Amirzafari of The Spirit of Princeton will give welcome remarks. Dr. Mary Rorro, psychiatrist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will play an original musical arrangement, and Gabriel Chalick ‘24 will play Taps. The benediction will be offered by Khalil Abdullah, Princeton’s Assistant Dean for Muslim Life. 

Immediately after the observance, the Princeton ROTC programs will conduct a swearing-in ceremony for new cadets and midshipmen on the steps of the chapel, followed by a reception in Murray-Dodge Hall. The public is welcome to attend, although neither event will be live-streamed.

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