A touchdown in the closing seconds of Morgan State’s 30-27 win over visiting Hampton University drew cheers throughout Hughes Stadium last Saturday, but the biggest cheers of the day came at halftime, when the university honored active and retired members of the United States armed forces during Morgan’s annual Military Appreciation Day.
Hundreds of servicemen and women from nearby military installations watched as the university honored several distinguished members of the US military, including Dr. Cyril Byron an Lemuel Lewie, both of whom served in the United States Air Force as members of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Byron, a 1947 graduate of Morgan, remarked on the expansion of the university since his days as a student.
“The university has changed so much, I’m so happy to see Morgan growing in such a way and continuing to provide a great education to students.”
Also honored was Maj. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, Commanding General of the US Army’s Communications-Electronics Command. Ferrell, a Hampton University alumnus, addressed Morgan’s Bear Battalion on Saturday morning and lauded the university’s role in producing esteemed soldiers and officers for the United States military.
“Morgan produces a lot of great leaders that have been a part of our military. From Gen. (William) Ward, and a lot of others, there have been a lot of great folks who have come through these doors. I just tried to tell the cadets to set goals and to strive for excellence in education, job preparation, financial management, family, health and faith. We expect a lot from Morgan cadets, not just because of Morgan’s great military tradition, but because we know that they are our future and that we have to be ready to mentor and guide them to positions and places of achievement.”