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 Gannon University.

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 state.

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.