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Beloit: Sons and Daughters in War and Peace

Persian Gulf War, War in Afghanistan, Iraq War

As of 2013, campus sentiments since the Vietnam War lean toward opposing war and ignorance about the military, but there are still students who have chosen to come here that have served or are serving in the armed forces. One alum remembers Beloit in the 80s as very anti-military, himself included, and it was not until he was invited to join the Navy as a part of the nuclear program that he learned there were some good parts. Just as with everything, there is both good and bad.

Other students on campus today believe the military is too big, serves no real purpose, and promotes a blind trust which eliminates questioning your country which has caused them to dislike most members of the military and many who support it. Some of the service men who have attended in recent years feel that overarching both the antagonism and support that can be found here is ignorance for what the military really is like and does.

“I think that the younger generations in particular have no real understanding about the sacrifice that was made in order for them to enjoy what they enjoy on a daily basis,” says Colin Pearcy, class of 2012 and Afghanistan veteran.

The world’s great conflicts are not yet all in the past, and the future of our country and our college must be secured for freedom and true progress, and how can this be more easily and certainly done than by keeping alive the memory of the deeds by which this has been accomplished in other days, and by building up institutions which purify the national life and teach men that their life has no worth except as it is given to a worthy cause, and which inspire a courage that dares to seek the true worth of life in sacrificing it for humanity. –Stanley Edward Lathrop, class of 1896


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