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US AG Merrick Garland calls for public service at Harvard induction ceremony after shooting – Boston News, Weather, Sports

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland told Harvard grads Sunday that their generation was prompted to display “an impossible kind of resilience” after yet another mass shooting at another school.

“As we gather today to celebrate this milestone in your life, we also hold an enormous sadness because another mass shooting has occurred at another school in our country,” he said. “An unspeakable act of violence has devastated families and the entire community in Uvalde, Texas. I know, speaking for all of us here, that our hearts are broken.”

As the US mourns the victims of its recent mass shootingWith 19 elementary school students and two teachers gunned down in Texas, Garland was the keynote speaker at Harvard’s commencement ceremony for the classes of 2020 and 2021. Her in-person ceremonies have been postponed during the pandemic.

Garland said that prior to the mass shootings in Uvalde and a convenience store in Buffalo, New York, and the attack on Taiwanese parishioners at a church in Laguna Woods, California, he decided to deliver his public service speech. He said he still wants to do so because “these tragedies only underscore how urgent the call to public service for your generation really is.”

Garland was emotional as he spoke about how his grandmother was one of five children born in present-day Belarus and how four of the siblings were trying to get to the United States. Three made it. The fourth was rejected and the fifth did not try.

“The two who stayed behind died in the Holocaust,” he said. “So for me, public service is a way of paying back the debt my family owes to this country for our lives. I know you all worked very hard to get here. I also. And the fact that we’re all here today makes us happy for a variety of reasons. So I hope that you will all make a similar pledge as I have to dedicate a part of your life to public service.”

Garland graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and later served on the Harvard Board of Overseers. Harvard held its first in-person admissions drills since 2019 on Thursday for the Class of 2022, with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden delivering the keynote speech.

Garland said the graduates, who will devote a portion of their lives to ministry, “can stitch the fabric of our civil society back together.”

“We must convince our neighbors and our communities to reject the notion that violence or the threat of violence is acceptable. We must work to dispel the hatred that fuels such violence,” he said. “Democracy cannot survive if its citizens abandon the rule of law in favor of violence or the threat of violence. We’re all sitting in the same boat. We have to protect each other.”

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