Flag ceremony to honor alumni for military service

Author: Shannon Chapla


In conjunction with the University of Notre Dame Alumni Associations Reunion 2008, alumni will be honored for current and past military service during a flag retreat ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday (May 30) at the flag pole south of the Pasquerilla Center.

The ceremony will feature Notre Dames ROTC Color Guard, and retired Marine Corps Gen. Frank Hamilton will serve as guest speaker.

Hamilton was graduated from Notre Dame in 1961, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in that same year and earned two masters degrees while on active duty.During his 32-year military career, he served the Marine Corps in a wide variety of command and staff assignments, both in the U.S. and overseas, including a combat tour in Vietnam.

Hamiltons personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Commendation Medal with CombatV(three awards).

Hamilton left active duty in 1993 and worked as a senior executive for Key Corp.He also has served on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army and is active in his local Notre Dame Club and as a Hospice volunteer in Melbourne, Fla., where he lives with his wife, Sandy.

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