Members of the University of Portland’s ROTC programs stand during a flyover at the university Nov. 11 as part of a 24-hour vigil for Veterans Day. (Courtesy Adam Guggenheim/University of Portland)
Members of the University of Portland’s ROTC programs stand during a flyover at the university Nov. 11 as part of a 24-hour vigil for Veterans Day. (Courtesy Adam Guggenheim/University of Portland)

University of Portland Air Force and Army ROTC conducted a 24-hour vigil in honor of Veterans Day, concluding with a commemoration ceremony Nov. 11 at the Praying Hands/Broken Wall Memorial on campus.

The vigil began at the memorial, which honors veterans from multiple wars and their sacrifice for the nation. An Air Force and an Army cadet, representing the university’s two student ROTC programs, stood watch over the memorial. The vigil concluded with the playing of “Taps” during the retiring of the guard. 

Following was the Veterans Day ceremony, held at U.P. for more than 60 years. The guest speaker was Elizabeth Estabrooks, a U.S. Army veteran and women veterans coordinator at the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.