Over the next few months, in an effort to promote “peace and justice through service,” Elmhurst College’s Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action and other campus groups will jointly sponsor educational and service events in appreciation of U.S. military veterans.
On Wednesday, September 11, the groups will host a panel discussion, called The Sacrifice of Veterans, which will feature veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the war in Afghanistan. The Elmhurst College Jazz Band will perform before the discussion, and special candles will be sold at the event, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit The Mission Continues, an organization that awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans.
The Jazz Band will perform beginning at 6:00 p.m. and the panel discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (630) 617-3492.
On Thursday, October 31, and Friday, November 1, Elmhurst College students and staff will take part in the Niebuhr Center’s fifth annual Partners for Peace effort by participating in a Stand Down, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless veterans. The Elmhurst volunteers will travel to the Humboldt Park Armory in Chicago to set up and serve meals and distribute clothing and blankets to 1,000 homeless veterans.
Students interested in volunteering for the Partners for Peace events can register online.
The veterans appreciation activities are sponsored by the Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action; the Student Athletics and Service-Learning departments; the Office of Leadership, Service and Engagement; the Patterson Center for the Health Professions; the Chartwells dining services provider; the Office of the Chaplain; the Office of Development and Alumni Relations; the political science department; the School for Professional Studies; and Elmhurst College students.
The activities were inspired by discussions among Niebuhr Center staff and students about the men and women who will be returning from the war in Afghanistan.
“It became clear to us that we should educate our students about the role of the U.S. military in our society and our lives, and find ways to help students prepare for the return of soldiers from the war,” said Ron Beauchamp, director of the Niebuhr Center. “These events are our way to address societal concerns around welcoming home veterans and supporting them as they return to civilian life.”