We had a fantastic day today during our visit to the Katherine Baker (1892) Pavilion at the Les Pléiades campus of the Henri Rollet Foundation, which protects and educates in-danger young women. Others will address this visit, but I was honored by our hosts and proud of our mature and engaged students Amy Collins, Julia Stevens, Steven Carita, AJ Paollela, and Dante Fresse!
I share with you a new film produced by the American Battlefield Memorial Commission, which addresses the war overall and the Meuse-Argonne cemetery in particular. We will visit Bucknell fallen alumni veterans Charles O’Brien (’09) at the Ainse-Marne cemetery this Friday, 26 May, and William Chalmers Acheson (’16) and Baker Fairchild Spyker (posthumous ’22) on Sunday, 28 May at the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery:
I will admit to you – and I am perfectly cognizant of the drugs of patriotism and nationalism and have no illusions about the glory of war – that I am anxious for my emotions for these visits, especially the contrast of our young, vibrant, lovely students accompanying us and the young, vibrant, and lovely peoples that they most likely were.