Gannon University Hosts Veterans Day Salute
Posted: November 10, 2015
Gannon University on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, will
honor those who served their country in America's armed forces with
a salute to veterans at 2 p.m. in the Waldron Campus Center's Yehl
Room, 124 W. Seventh St.
The public is welcome to attend the event.
Guest speaker for the salute will be Brigadier General Timothy
J. Hilty, Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Pennsylvania National
Guard, Joint Force Headquarters. Gen. Hilty is a 1981 graduate of
The salute will begin with a presentation of the colors by the
"Pride of PA" Battalion of the Gannon University ROTC program.
Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., will offer welcoming remarks
and a fallen warriors ceremony in honor of prisoners of war and
personnel missing in action will be presented by the American
Legion Millcreek Post 773.
In addition, the names of Gannon military members who gave their
lives in service to their country will be read and a wreath will be
laid. The ceremony also will include a three-round volley salute by
members of Post 773. A reception will follow.
The event is being organized by Lt. Col. Ronald K. Swift (Ret),
USAR, Gannon University's veterans financial aid and enrollment
counselor. Swift works with veterans interested in attending Gannon
and helps them apply the benefits they are eligible for as a result
of their service.
Gannon is a participating university in the Yellow Ribbon
Program, established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational
Assistance Act of 2008. The program allows colleges and
universities to voluntarily work with the Department of Veterans
Affairs to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the highest
public in-state undergraduate tuition and fee rate in their
Gannon also offers an Army ROTC program and is a member of the
"Pride of PA" Battalion. The program offers specialized leadership
training through both course work and related activities. ROTC also
allows cadets to develop the qualities essential to success in any
military or civilian career, including physical stamina,
self-discipline and poise.