PHILADELPHIA - Temple University
men's basketball coach Fran Dunphy
was one of four speakers Tuesday morning as Temple University
honored its veterans during a special Veterans Day ceremony at Rock Hall Auditorium.
"I think programs like this remind us that freedom does not come without a price. We've fought for our freedom to live in this fantastic country of ours," said Temple University
Men's Basketball Coach Fran Dunphy
, a U.S. Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam era. "I am absolutely proud of our armed services and I would not trade my army experience for anything. It was as influential as any time in my life."
After completing basic and advanced infantry training in October 1970, Dunphy was recruited to the U.S. Army Basketball team just days before he was to receive his orders to head overseas.
"I remember the first time I visited the Vietnam War Memorial," he said. "Surrounded by those 58,000 names, I felt they were telling me to soak it all in and never forget the tremendous sacrifice they made for our country."
In addition to Coach Dunphy, speakers at Main Campus included U.S. Navy veteran Mustafa Rashed (Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Gulf War and Somalia), U.S. Army active duty Captain Joelle S. Quiapo (Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn) and U.S. Army National Guard Captain Jason B. Reeves (Operation Iraqi Freedom).Temple University
was ranked 31st among Best Colleges for Veterans in the country by U.S.News & World Report and has been designated a "military-friendly school" by G.I. Jobs magazine, the sixth year in a row Temple has achieved this status. The designation is given to just 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide.
NOTE: -- Temple Athletics will dedicate one empty seat at the Liacouras Center during the 2014-15 season as an important reminder of the sacrifices made for our country by the almost 91,000 Americans who have gone missing or become prisoners of war between World War II and today.