We gather today to pay tribute to those who have served and

continue to serve in the armed forces of our great nation in wartime or peacetime

The sacrifice and service that the members of our military have made has protected the freedom that is the foundation

of our nation; and we will continue to honor these men and women for all that they have sacrificed to make the freedom that we have

The speaker is (COL-retired) Peter Geurtz

75 Notre Dame alumnus and Air Force ROTC Detachment 225 graduate

He served 26 years on active duty with the United States Air Force

He retired in May 2001 after his most recent assignment as

Pacific Air Forces Air Mobility Operations Control Center Commander at Hickam Air Force Base

Hawaii. Colonel Geurtz amassed over 6,000 flying hours in a variety of transport, tanker, and training aircraft

If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will move indoors to Room 101, DeBartolo Hall

Hosted by Notre Dame's Tri-Military ROTC and the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs