Edinboro University continues to demonstrate its dedication to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces during a solemn community observance on Friday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. Generally held on Nov. 11, Edinboro has scheduled its ceremony on the previous day as Veterans Day falls on a Saturday.
Members of the Fighting Scots Battalion ROTC program and the Veterans Success Center will mark Veterans Day with a special military salute, guest speakers and commencement of a community-service initiative. At the beginning of the ceremony, the ROTC Honor Guard will conduct a three-volley salute and Flag-Folding Ceremony on the front lawn of Reeder Hall, located at 219 Meadville St. on the Edinboro campus.
Immediately following the military observance, President H. Fred Walker and Major Benjamin Kavanagh, professor of military science, will speak on the importance of Veterans Day, the contributions of the Fighting Scots Battalion and the importance of veterans on campus and in our communities.
“The sacrifices of the men and women who have served our country and those who continue to represent our nation through the United States Armed Forces will never be taken for granted,” said Kavanagh, who was installed as the battalion commander on July 19. “We welcome the entire campus and the Edinboro community to gather and reflect on this commitment to our country.”
Guest speaker and EU student Staff Sgt. Garrett Lock, an active serviceman in the U.S. Army who has been deployed to the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan, will address the audience and speak of his experience in the military and as a college student. A reception will follow in the lobby of Reeder Hall.
Andrew Matt, coordinator of the Veterans Success Center, said that Edinboro serves 195 veterans and family members on campus, with 160 utilizing the G.I. Bill for education. This population includes 75 military veterans, two active service members and dependent families and children.
“Veterans come to Edinboro University with unique backgrounds and different educational and career needs,” said Matt, who has coordinated the Veterans Success Center since 2015. “We are proud to provide academic, transition and career resources to ensure that our veterans have the support they need at Edinboro and beyond.”
Following the Veterans Day ceremony and reception, the Veterans Success Center will kick off their donation drive for the VA Caribbean Healthcare System – which is collecting hygiene items and money for local veterans and homeless veterans living in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Edinboro is collecting cash donations to directly donate to the VA Caribbean Healthcare system to allow them to assist homeless veterans and service men and women who were affected by the string of hurricanes and storms. Non-cash contributions in the form of personal hygiene items will be accepted for donation to the Erie Veterans Miracle Center, aiding local homeless and home insecure veterans.
For more information about the Veterans Day events or services for veterans at Edinboro University, contact the Veterans Success Center at (814) 732-1568 or email@example.com.
Photo caption: Members of the Edinboro University ROTC Battalion prepare the American flag during the special folding ceremony as part of the campus Veterans Day observance in 2016.