Texas Army ROTC
Texas Army ROTC

Major General Chiarelli Visits Longhorn Battalion

Wed, November 30, 2005

Following the presentation cadets welcomed wounded Army soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division and Marines from Weapons Company 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines. These soldiers were treated to fine Texas BBQ and shared their experiences while overseas. Immediately following the meal, the soldiers were escorted by select cadets to the University of Texas Longhorns' football game versus the University of Kansas Jayhawks.

While at the game, veterans were honored both prior to kickoff as well as during halftime. Approximately ten minutes before kickoff, the game's announcer asked all military service members to please stand and be recognized. As these selfless soldiers proudly rose from their seats, they were greeted with thunderous and deafening applause by an audience numbering more than 80,000.

Veterans were further recognized by a special joint Color Guard including cadets from the Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC programs. As the National Anthem was performed, a flyover of F18 jets stormed overhead. At halftime, the University of Texas Longhorn Band, the Show Band of the Southwest, honored veterans with a moving medley of traditional American music.

For the University of Texas Army ROTC program, it was honor to host all of its guests. MG Chiarelli provided great insight into being an officer deployed to Iraq, and the wounded soldiers from the Army and Marines were fine examples of what all Longhorn Battalion cadets aspire to become: a U.S. Soldier.

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