Over the last year, the University has set in motion, with uncommon expediency and infectious resolve, a process to meet the goals of our Kentucky Promise. Most of us recognize Monday as the official start of our much anticipated summer. The date also holds deep significance for our state and nation.
Once called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is the day we recognize the brave Americans who have fallen while in service to our country - giving what President Lincoln called the, "last full measure of devotion."
I am honored to be a part of a university family with close ties to our men and women in uniform. As a state Land-Grant institution, we have always been an integral part of our nation’s defense. Within our founding doctrines is the noble purpose to provide military training and general sciences.
Throughout our nearly 150 year history, UK's Air Force and Army ROTC programs have produced thousands of leaders. Our iconic Memorial Hall and Memorial Coliseum stand as a hallowed testament of our heartfelt appreciation of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Let us not forget that the price of freedom costs dearly and let us not forget those willing to pay it. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said eloquently, “Your silent tents of green, We deck with fragrant flowers; Yours has the suffering been, The memory shall be ours.”
I am humbled and emboldened by your hard work and dedication to our students, faculty and staff here at UK; and the citizens across our Commonwealth. Let our continued commitment to the Kentucky Promise pay homage to the profound gift of opportunity that has been given to each of us. I wish you all a very pleasant and safe holiday.