Hotchkiss commemorated Veterans Day with a visit from Captain Ted Hubbard '02, who spent seven years in active duty as a Marine officer in Iraq and Afghanistan. In an All-School Auditorium, Hubbard spoke to students about why he chose to go into military service.
"I felt I had a huge debt to be repaid, to earn my place at the table," he said. "I had never really had to sacrifice anything before, and I felt I didn't deserve all I had, and I definitely hadn't earned it." He saw entering the Marines as an opportunity to give back to his country and prove to himself that he could endure the grueling physical and mental demands of military service. He also recalled a moment at Hotchkiss that left a significant impression on him and played a role in his decision to join the Marines: he remembers sitting in Auditorium on 9/11, hearing about the terrorist attacks and watching his friends and teachers worry about the safety of their loved ones. That experience left him thinking about what he could do to help his country.
After Auditorium, Hubbard had lunch with students and faculty in the dining hall, where he answered questions about his time in active duty and offered advice to students interested in joining the armed forces.