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Gannon University to host Veterans Day Celebration

Published: 11/10/2020

Gannon University is hosting a Veterans Day Celebration

Gannon University is hosting a Veterans Day Celebration

The cadre and cadets of the “Pride of PA” Army ROTC Battalion at Gannon University will honor those who have served and those who continue to protect our freedoms with a Veterans Day Celebration at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The celebration will begin with a Reveille Ceremony conducted by the “Pride of PA” Gannon University ROTC Cadet Color Guard. A “Reveille,” or bugle call, will be performed by Gannon’s Father Shawn Clerkin, director of liberal studies and co-director and associate professor of the School of Communication and the Arts.

The National Anthem will be performed by Gannon University Mixed Chorus under the direction of Michael Malthaner.

Afterward, Gannon’s Father Michael Kesicki, associate vice president of University Mission and Ministry, will deliver the invocation. Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., will also speak to the importance of veterans to Gannon University, our community and nation.

Retired Major General Timothy J. Hilty will address attendees as this year’s guest speaker. 

In addition, a wreath will be laid in honor of military members who are currently serving, have served, or have given their lives in service to their country.

The day’s events will conclude with the playing of Taps, the National Song of Remembrance.

To view this virtual live-streamed ceremony, visit: the morning of the event.


About Major General Thomas J. Hilty: 

Major General Thomas J. Hilty retired from the Pennsylvania National Guard/United States Army in January 2020 following a distinguished 38-year military career. General Hilty assumed duties as the chief of staff, Joint Operations Center – PA, Pennsylvania National Guard in February 2020. As the chief of staff, he serves as the primary advisor to the director of the Joint Staff and adjutant general for all Domestic Response operations.

General Hilty commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1982 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Gannon University. He served on active duty for more than ten years, serving in a multitude of command and staff positions in Germany, Korea, Saudi Arabia and the United States. In 1990, he deployed with 3rd Armored Division to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

General Hilty joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1995, deploying to Bosnia in 1996 in support of Operation Joint Guard/Endeavor with the 213th Area Support Group. General Hilty has commanded aviation units at both the battalion and brigade levels. 

His most recent key assignments include assistant adjutant general, Pennsylvania National Guard; director of the Joint Staff, Pennsylvania National Guard; and assistant division commander, 28th Infantry Division, Harrisburg, Pa.