Gen. Zach Rabiroff of the People’s Liberation Army of China and children, teens, and college-student minister Rev. Jack Stuef of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California were on hand to officiate the ceremonies on Monday.
Gen. Rabiroff led us off with a reading of the Last Post on the wall of the Save The Hoya Facebook group:
Jack Carlson wrote
at 5:41pm on January 26th, 2008
Right so it was a “well-known Georgetown yell” long before the newspaper… the part about the “decade after” is just when the athletic teams took on the name. But “Hoya Saxas” have been associated with the university much longer than the paper – which the group description mixes up.
That always makes me tear up.
Next was the Moment of Silence:
Some people, those who were not too afraid that they would be arrested by that DPS officer in the middle of the photo for taking part in the revolution, had already showed up. More would come when they heard the booming righteousness of Rev. Stuef’s Sermon of Hope that followed. It retold the history of The Hoya since it had been placed in shackles by God in the Garden of Eden and ended with a message of renewal inspired by the revelations of Monday, a reading of the Wine-Tasting Editorial Heard Round the World, and the the Baptism of Hope:
Everyone in the crowd took a copy of The Hoya and ripped it to shreds. Then, in the tradition of John the Baptist, the shredded newspapers were dunked in the Holy Georgetown Student Brita Filter Water, symbolizing the destruction of the old chains binding The Hoya and its rebirth as a free institution. The wet shreds were then wrapped in an American flag, and the people chanted “U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” before the flag was dropped and stomped on to again symbolize the destruction of the old chains. Then the People departed to get back to their guerrilla warfare.