As SigEps from around the country poured into the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. this afternoon, many made their early hours count with a Conclave service project.
Immediately after checking in, brothers took time to write letters to fellow SigEps who are currently serving in the military overseas. Others chose to write to the families of fallen brothers, thanking them for their children’s service and sacrifice.
Lt. Commander Christopher Mercer, UNC-Wilmington ’91, a veteran who dedicated 20 years of service to the armed forces, said the event let deployed brothers and their families know they aren’t forgotten.
“We are here for them,” he said. “It lets our brothers know that we are still one brotherhood.”
In addition to providing service to SigEp’s servicemen, the event allowed Conclave attendees to strengthen their bonds with one another.
“SigEp doesn’t end when you finish college,” said undergraduate Chris Dedo, Louisiana State ’17. As a current member of the Navy ROTC program, Dedo is heavily involved with his chapter and says he hopes to remain involved long after graduation.
“It goes with you no matter where you are, and there is always support for you.”