This made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. You can almost hear the bugle, can’t you?
I believe it was put up on the message board that hung in the Sallyport.
Were bugle calls a standard part of campus life in those days?
The notice above was printed in the top-middle of the front page of the June 8, 1944, Thresher, under the headline, ”D-Day Observed in Silent Prayer”
In the same position of the June 1, 1944, Thresher was this notice, “To All Members of the Rice Institute”:
The Spiritual Preparedness Committee of the
Office of Civilian Defense is requesting schools and
colleges to engage in silent prayer for the Armed
Forces of the United Nations on the day the invasion
of the European continent begins.
In compliance with that request I respectfully
invite the cooperation of our Navy civilian members
in the following proposal:
That wherever we may be at eleven o’clock in
the morning of D-Day we all stand for a moment in
silent prayer or meditation for the success of the
Armed Forces of the United Nations in the invasion of
the European continent begun that day.”
Edgar Odell Lovett
* * *
“In accordance with the expressed wishes of the President
of the Rice Institute, all members of the Navy, both students
and staff, will at eleven o’clock the morning of D-Day, stand *
for a moment of silent prayer or meditation for the success of
our brothers in arms in th$ invasion of Europe.”
V. F. Rathbun
Commander U.S.N. (Ret.)
Indeed the greatest generation.
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