Officer Dan Llorens, some may know him as the officer who never misses a waving opportunity when he sees you, or the one who brightens your day in the morning with his music peacefully playing and echoing throughout campus. Although those attributes are very valuable, it is crucial to look behind the scenes and under the surface in order to identify additional qualities of someone that aren’t as visible as others. Not only does Officer Llorens exhibit great enthusiasm for life day to day, he is also a man of his word, who is devoted to his family, to God and to his job.
Veterans have fought hard to protect the freedoms in America and deserve to be celebrated for their dedication and hard work. Veterans Day is a national holiday that takes place on November 11th. This holiday was put in place to honor those who have served in the military. At Wesleyan, this holiday is honored with an assembly. This assembly recognizes faculty members, family members of faculty or students and alumni who have served and/or are serving in the military.
This year’s speaker, SGT. Dan Llorens, has been involved at Wesleyan for many years. He served in the United States Marine Corps, and shared about his experience when he first joined the military and how grateful he was for the opportunity to serve this country. After he finished speaking at the assembly, the names of all parents of students, faculty and alumni who have served or are serving currently were presented on the screen.
One of the Wesleyan faculty members who has served in the military is Cristian Piedra. He works in the IT department. He signed up for the United States Army when he was 18 years old. His deployments were usually three to five months at a time.
“When I was deployed, I would always tell my parents that they had nothing to worry about,” Piedra said. “Even though I would be in very dangerous situations a majority of the time, I wouldn’t let my family know that. My family tended to always worry about me. It was a new experience for my family because I was the first Piedra to ever be in the military.” Keep Reading