The new Gettysburg College Veterans Memorial was formally dedicated Oct. 22 in front of more than 200 alumni, students, parents, and friends.
Robert Duelks '77, chair of the Gettysburg College Board of Trustees, welcomed guests to the dedication ceremony. Major General William Matz, Jr. '61 introduced the U.S. Army "Old Guard," Armed Forces Color Guard, and the Fife and Drum Corps. Benjamin Flanders '13 led the Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by the National Anthem. President Janet Morgan Riggs '77, Lieutenant Colonel K. Richard Brunner, Jr. '58, Virginia Saul Reese '51, P'75, P'77, GP'05, and Jason Pearce '13 provided remarks.
"The Gettysburg College Veterans Memorial is a tangible way for us to recognize our alumni, parents, and friends who have proudly served this country," said President Riggs. "This memorial is just beautiful, and at night it is breathtaking."
Video of the ceremony
Photos from the ceremony
Inspired by K. Richard Brunner, Jr. '58, the granite memorial features an inscription of appreciation, as well as brass emblems that represent the five branches of the armed forces and the Merchant Marine. The memorial's flagpoles fly the United States, Pennsylvania, and Gettysburg flags, which were donated by Chris Binner P'14 on behalf of the Valley Forge Flag Company. The memorial is located to the right of the main entrance to Musselman Stadium. "The turf at this stadium is the place many of our athletes battle mightily to gain victory for the College over a sports opponent," said Brunner. "There is some symbolic similarity between those athletic struggles, at times involving blood, sweat, and tears, and what our veterans have endured over the years in their peerless service to the nation."
Although more than 100 individuals contributed towards the construction of the memorial, the lead gift came from the family of the late U.S. Marine Corps veteran Al Reese '50.
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Contact: Tracey Dukert, assistant director of news content, 717.337.6521Posted: Mon, 24 Oct 2011