Lower School

Whitefield Honors Veterans During All-School Chapel
Categories: General, Lower School, Middle School, Upper School
Posted: 11/9/2017


The Whitefield community honored the men and women of the military during the annual All-School Veterans Day Chapel, held Thursday, November 9, in the Athletic Center. Students from all three schools participated in the event. Boy Scout Troop 554 led the presentation of colors; the Middle School Chorus and Lower School Chorale sang the Star Spangled Banner and the Armed Forces Medley, respectively, and the concert band provided the instrumental music.

Before the chapel, guests milled around the gym mezzanine and looked at a Wall of Honor which displayed the names, service years, and branches of the military of Whitefield family members. Guests and students settled into their seats in the bleachers, and then stood as veterans, many in their uniforms, filed to their seats. 

The keynote speaker was Captain Gregory N. Todd, CHC, USN, who is the chaplain for the U.S. Coast Guard. He is the father of Whitefield athletic trainer Hilary Todd.

Chaplain Todd was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1986, serving as chaplain for Marine Corps Reserve units as well as a civilian pastor for congregations in Illinois. In 1994 Chaplain Todd came on active duty and has served as Protestant Chaplain—Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, 1994-1996, and Chaplain—USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62), 1996-1998, deploying to the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific for counter-narcotics operations.

From July 1998 to October 2002, he was the Chaplain for U.S. Coast Guard in New York. While serving in New York, Chaplain Todd was the first Navy chaplain ministering at “Ground Zero” following the attacks on the World Trade Center and hosted the Coast Guard Chaplain Emergency Response Team providing ministry to emergency workers and civilians. Chaplain Todd was also part of the response teams following the crashes of Egypt Air 990 and American Airlines 586.

Todd has received the Legion of Merit Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), a Letter of Commendation from the Commandant of the Coast Guard, the Navy Fleet Marine Force ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal (two awards), the Combat Action Ribbon, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (two awards), and various other unit commendations. Chaplain Todd was also awarded the Department of Transportation 9/11 Medal for his ministry in New York following the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Chaplain Todd’s qualifications include Master Training Specialist and Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer.

After the service, veterans were welcomed at a reception in the Barnett Gathering Room.