University pays tribute
to Armed Forces, celebrates
Marine Corps birthday
Troy University paid special tribute to the armed forces on Nov. 10 with its annual Salute to Veterans football
game and celebration of the 237th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Prior to the Trojans’ 41-31 victory over Navy, the University hosted the traditional Marine Corps Cake-Cutting
Ceremony to honor the Marine Corps. Approximately 250 Marines, family members and friends from the
Alabama Marine Corps League were in attendance.
Dr. John Schmidt, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations and a retired Marine
colonel, served as Master of Ceremony. Sgt. Maj. Shonnell E. Horn from the Marine Corps Recruiting
Command in Montgomery, Ala., conducted the traditional Cake Ceremony. e Oldest Marine present, TROY
Board of Trustees member Roy Drinkard, and the Youngest Marine present, Cpl. Greissy Sepulveda, were both
honored and presented with the rst pieces of cake.
e event also included remarks from Maj. Gen. Rex McMillian, USMC, as guest of honor. Special guest
included: U.S. Rep. Martha Roby; Vice Admiral Michael Miller, Superintendent of the Naval Academy;
Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., and Janice Hawkins; Johnny Baker, Alabama Marine Corps League Commandant.
Other activities during the day included a yover of Navy jets and the special salute to veterans at halftime
featuring the service songs from each branch of the Armed Forces.
e memory of Lance Cpl. Jason Bar eld, a 22-year-old U.S. Marine combat engineer from Ashford who was
killed in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device on Oct. 24, 2011, was honored during the pre-game
coin toss. Lance Cpl. Bar eld saved the lives of ve Marines before his death. His father, Ray, mother, Kelli, and
sister, Savannah, were joined on the eld by Dr. Hawkins, Board of Trustee President Gerald Dial, U.S. Rep.
Roby and Maj. Gen. McMillian for the coin toss. e University also announced the endowment of two TROY
for Troops scholarships during the game.
e TROY for Troops scholarship will bene t the children of TROY alumni killed in the line of duty, while
a second scholarship, endowed by Anne Aderholt in memory of her husband Brig. Gen. Harry C. “Heinie”
Aderholt, will speci cally bene t children of Special Forces members killed in the line of duty.
Troy University hosted an official cake-cutting ceremony on Nov. 10,
honoring the 237th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.