Ohio State University graduate and retired Gen. John “Mike” Murray returned to his alma mater Wednesday to help lead the university’s annual tribute to veterans.
Murray, who graduated from Ohio State in 1982, recently retired from the Army after nearly 40 years of service. He retired as the commanding general of Army Futures Command, the Army command focused on technological innovation and future warfighting ability.
Murray was the guest speaker for the university’s annual Rock Ceremony. The ceremony honors the more than 900 Ohio State alumni who have given their lives in the service of the nation.
“With Veterans Day approaching, I want to thank all the men and women who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy, as well as our service members who are currently on point defending our nation at home and around the world,” Murray said. “I returned to Ohio after nearly 40 years of service a couple of years ago. And one of the first things I did was attend this Rock Ceremony last year.
“And as an alumnus of The Ohio State University and the Army ROTC program, I have to say I was absolutely blown away at the outstanding level of support this university provides for our cadets and veterans.”
Murray joined Ohio State Acting President Peter Mohler, university leaders and members of the tri-service ROTC departments (Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force) to lay a wreath at the memorial rock that rests at Bricker Hall. The tradition began in 1919 when “Taps” was sounded each Wednesday morning to honor those who had lost their lives in World War I.
Mohler thanked the ROTC students for their service and their commitment to the university’s mission.
“Ohio State was founded with a mission to improve the well-being of our communities through education, research and service,” he said. “It continues to be our mission today, but it is only possible because of your commitment to protecting the well-being of every American at home and overseas.”
Ohio State serves more than 2,100 military-connected students, and about 1,600 faculty and staff are veterans. The university continues to rank among the top colleges serving veterans.
The university was recently awarded the Collegiate Purple Star. The program recognizes public and independent colleges and universities in Ohio that are supportive and inclusive of military-connected students.
Ohio State will observe Veterans Day on Nov. 10. There will be no classes and offices will be closed.