Student Veteran's Club to dedicate new Veteran's Memorial on campus on 9/11
Penn State Mont Alto and its student Veteran’s Club joined forces to install a permanent memorial on campus to honor and remember veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The memorial has been placed at the foot of a new 40-foot flag pole in front of Conklin Hall. It will be officially dedicated at a ceremony on September 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm.
The project was initiated by the student members of the Veteran’s Club. At a celebration for Veteran’s Day last November, the club (30 members) announced its fundraising plan of $13,000 to complete phase one—the memorial and flagpole. Their goal was achieved with help from the campus development office. The flag will be illuminated and visible 24 hours a day. Future plans include personalized paver bricks and park benches around the memorial.
A schedule for September 11 includes:
Welcome Address: Brian Hall, president, campus student Veteran’s Club
Greeting: Dr. David Gnage, chancellor, Penn State Mont Alto
Flag Raising: Penn State Mont Alto Veteran’s Club
Memorial Dedication: Major Bill Lloyd, ’82, Penn State Mont Alto alumnus
Placing of the Wreath: Penn State Mont Alto Veteran’s Club
Special Music: April Howard, student, Penn State Mont Alto
The dedication ceremony is open to the public.
Penn State Mont Alto participates in the Veterans Administration's Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows our campus to partner with the V.A. to extend a higher benefit to veterans. Specifically, this program allows institutions of higher learning to enter into an agreement with the V.A. to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Participating institutions can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and the V.A. will match the amount.