Military Appreciation Week

The 8th annual Military Appreciation Week runs from November 8 to 16 and will feature free events for veterans and service members, the Penn State community, and local community members.

Penn State’s 8th annual Military Appreciation Week — the largest celebration of its kind in the Big Ten — officially kicks off on November 8 with a series of festivities, spanning Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, and culminating with the annual Military Appreciation Game at Beaver Stadium on November 16.  The weeklong celebration is organized by Penn State’s all-volunteer Military Appreciation Committee.

Coinciding with the 75-year anniversary of D-Day and the GI Bill, the theme for this year’s celebrations will recognize America’s Greatest Generation and honor those who fought and served during World War II.

“As part of the University’s year-round efforts focused on providing education, resources and support to military members and their families, it’s Penn State’s tradition to dedicate a special time to thank these individuals for all they have done, and continue to do, for our nation,” said Col. Eugene McFeely, Penn State’s senior director for veterans affairs and services and chair of the Military Appreciation Committee. “As our country celebrates two important milestones this year, Penn State will honor those who served their country during a time of great need and became known as our ‘Greatest Generation.’”

“It’s Penn State’s tradition to dedicate a special time to thank these individuals for all they have done, and continue to do, for our nation.” —Eugene McFeely, senior director for veterans affairs 

Military Appreciation Week Events

Events will be running throughout the week and include the following:

November 9, Military Appreciation Men’s Basketball Game: 4:00 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center. The Penn State Men’s Basketball team will celebrate its military appreciation game when the Nittany Lions welcome Wagner College. Learn more and get tickets.

November 10, Freedom 5K for PTSD Run: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Curtain Road adjacent to the Bryce Jordan Center. Registration deadline is November 6. Penn State’s Aerospace Studies Student Organization will host the 4th annual Freedom 5K for PTSD to help raise money and awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder.

November 10, Military Appreciation Women’s Basketball Game: 2:00 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center. The Penn State Lady Lion basketball team will celebrate its military appreciation game when they welcome the Rider University Broncs. Learn more and get tickets.

November 11, Veterans Day Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. to Noon, front steps of Old Main. The Penn State Student Veteran Organization welcomes the public to attend their annual Veterans Day Ceremony to honor and thank all who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

November 15, “Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home” Film Screening: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., The State Theatre. “Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home,” documents the journeys of eight women who served in combat zones on the front lines of Afghanistan through the first two years of their reintegration.

November 16, Military Appreciation Tailgate: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State and Walmart will host a free tailgate featuring food, entertainment, a resource fair and more for Active duty, Guard and Reserve military, veterans, and Fallen and Gold Star families. Military members and veterans with military IDs are welcome.

November 16, Military Appreciation Tailgate Football Game: Time TBA, Beaver Stadium. Penn State will recognize America's Greatest Generation during the football team’s game against the Indiana Hoosiers.

Penn State Campus Events

November 7, Veterans Employment and Education Conference at Penn State Scranton: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Penn State Scranton will host its first professional development conference to connect veterans, active-duty military students and employers with leading experts to discuss the challenges and successes of getting veterans back to work. Optional one-on-one career counseling will take place from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. There is no cost for veterans to attend, but registration is required. Learn more and register.

November 11, Veterans Day program at Penn State Berks: 12:15 p.m. at the Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room. The annual Veterans Day program is free and open to the campus community, and lunch will be provided following the program. Dale Derr, the recently retired director of the Berks County Department of Veterans Affairs, will deliver a keynote address. Attendees should RSVP to Paula Adams at by November 5.

November 14, “Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917-1919” exhibit at Penn State Scranton: From October 20 to December 13, Penn State Scranton’s library will host a traveling exhibit from the Penn State All-Sports Museum that pays homage to University athletes who bravely served their country during World War I. On November 14, Ken Hickman, director of the All-Sports Museum, will deliver two free lectures open to the public. Learn more

For a full list of planned events, visit Penn State News.