Honoring Those Who Served: Gannon University Commemorates Veterans Day
Posted: November 8, 2017
Gannon University will honor those who served their country in
America's armed forces with a salute to veterans on Thursday, Nov.
9, at 2 p.m. in the Yehl Room of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W.
Seventh St. The public is welcome to attend the event. Attendance
by veterans and their families is particularly encouraged.
Guest speaker for the annual Veterans Day salute will be retired
Erie County Judge and retired Maj. Gen. Michael E. Dunlavey.
The salute will begin with a presentation of the colors by the
"Pride of PA" Battalion of the Gannon University Army ROTC program.
Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., will offer welcoming remarks
at a fallen warriors ceremony in honor of prisoners of war and
personnel missing in action that 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 will also include a three-round volley salute by
members of Post 773. A reception will follow.
The events are being organized by retired Lt. Col. Ronald K.
Swift, 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 the host
university for 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.
About retired Erie County Judge and retired Maj. Gen. Michael E.
Dunlavey graduated from the University Of Notre Dame in 1967. He
entered active duty in the Army serving in Germany and Vietnam. He
joined the USAR during law school and commanded soldiers at
multiple levels. He was selected as DCG of the Army's Intelligence
and Security Command, and the Army's Assistant Deputy CoS for
Intelligence. After promotion to major general, he was chosen by
NSA Director Mike Hayden to be his assistant at NSA Headquarters.
After Sept. 11, 2001, Dunlavey was recalled to active duty and was
personally chosen by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in 2002
to create an interrogation system at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He
concluded his military career in April of 2004.
Dunlavey received his J.D. from the State University of New York
in Buffalo and established a private practice in Erie,
Pennsylvania. He later served as Assistant District Attorney and
Assistant Public Defender for Erie County. He was elected as a
judge of the PA Court of Common Pleas for the 6th Judicial District
in November 1999. He authorized a number of precedent setting
opinions during his tenure as a strong advocate of the U.S. and
Pennsylvania Constitution. He was also highly instrumental in the
establishment of a Veterans Court for Erie County. He retired from
the bench in August 2012.
He remains active in retirement as a consulting expert in
cybersecurity and belongs to a number of organizations supporting
veterans. He has received many distinguished military career and
civilian awards. He humbly considers his greatest accomplishment
and reward is being blessed by four wonderful children, four
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.