Army Day Proclamation presented by Norwich University President
US Army Day in Vermont commemorates 30 years of volunteer service
On Tuesday, July 1, 2003, Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider presented a proclamation to LTC Sandra Luff (NU '85) of the US Army Recruiting Battalion stationed in Albany, NY, declaring July 1, 2003, as United States Army Day in the State of Vermont. The presentation took place at the US Army Recruiting office in Barre, Vt.
The proclamation, which was signed by Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, commemorates the 30th anniversary of the end of Conscription and the start of the All Volunteer Force (AVF) in the United States Army. Since conscription ended on June 30, 1973, the All Volunteer Force has served the nation admirably, providing a military that is experienced, smart, dedicated and representative of America. Today, the AVF comprises the world's best military force and continues to exceed the expectations of its framers.
"I am very pleased and honored to have been asked by Gov. Douglas to present this proclamation to the United States Army on this important anniversary," said Schneider. "When our founder, Alden Partridge, established Norwich University 185 years ago, he did so with the goal of preparing future leaders who were ready and able to serve our country as citizen soldiers. I do not know if he could have ever imagined the numerous technological changes that have enhanced our military capabilities over the years. I do know that he saw the existence of a dedicated, disciplined and exceptionally well-trained military force, like today's All Volunteer Force, as being essential to the success and survival of this great nation. The last 30 years prove how right Partridge was, and I'm confident America can look forward to another 30 years of continued success."
firstname.lastname@example.org, July 2003