Loyola Marymount University honored U.S. armed forces veterans Thursday, Nov. 11, and unveiled the first piece of what will become a permanent campus memorial to alumni who served in the military.
Addressing a luncheon of alumni, administrators, staff and students, Paul Hosp, L.L.S. ’09 spoke of his experiences in combat and about the examples of courage he had seen. He stressed the importance to “remember those who have died protecting the ideals by which we live.” Hosp is an ROTC graduate from Boston University and was commissioned in the U.S. Army. He served two tours in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry.
He has received the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge. After he left the Army he attended Loyola Law School, and is now an attorney with the Los Angeles office of a large firm.
Lourdes Tiglao, a veteran who is doing post-baccalaureate work at LMU, talked about the need to help veterans transition to civilian and academic life after the military.
On display at the luncheon was a World War II-era plaque that almost didn’t make it.
The plaque, which will be the first section of a memorial to alumni veterans, was cast in 1948 and displayed in the old gymnasium. When that building was razed to make way for Burns Recreation Center, the plaque was saved and stored, but nearly forgotten.
Years later,as plans progressed for a memorial wall honoring Loyola and LMU veterans, the plaque was remembered. It became a project to find it and, at last, it was located, tucked away in a storage area in Malone Student Center.
Posted Nov. 15, 2010