Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

Honoring Our Veterans

November 11, 2020

Dear Loyola Community,

On Veterans Day, Loyola University Chicago honors and extends our gratitude to students, staff, and faculty who have served in the military. For over 245 years, U.S. service members have answered the call of the nation and protected the freedoms we all exercise. Originally established as Armistice Day, the first anniversary of the end of World War I, Veterans Day commemorates all those who have honorably served during conflict and peacetime.

Our veterans’ sacrifices and selflessness are poignant, living examples of service to others, and that is something that lies at the heart of Loyola’s Jesuit, Catholic mission. Our University’s patron saint, Ignatius of Loyola, was a soldier who based his ministry and model of education on a selfless ethos of service to the world at large. Service is the foundation of our spiritual and educational approach.

St. Ignatius asks in his famous prayer, "To give, and not to count the cost.” As people for and with others, our veterans do not count the cost of service but embrace the opportunity to make a difference. And they carry that spirit forward. We are grateful every day not only for their service to our country but for the gifts they bring to our community. Their depth of character and leadership experience enrich our classrooms and community across our campuses.

To our veterans, Loyola will forever be grateful for your service and commitment. We salute you.

Together in Loyola,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Norberto M. Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer