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Veterans Day ceremony to honor service members set for Nov. 11 at Old Main

The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the University Park campus

Cadets from Penn State Air Force ROTC saluted during the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the start of the 2018 Veterans Day ceremony held outside Old Main on Penn State's University Park campus. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A ceremony to honor the service and sacrifices of veterans of the U.S. armed forces will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, on the front steps of Old Main on the University Park campus.

The Penn State Student Veteran Organization organizes the Veterans Day ceremony, which is free and open to the public. The event will feature the posting of the colors; a 21-gun gun salute; and guest speakers Justin Rose, a retired U.S. Army captain, and Daniel Van Winkle, a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant.  

The ceremony is part of Penn State’s annual Military Appreciation Week, which celebrates America’s Greatest Generation. The festivities kick off on Nov. 8 and culminate with the annual Military Appreciation Football Game at Beaver Stadium on Nov. 16.

Mary Bell, an associate professor at the National Defense University in Norfolk, Virginia, and a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, spoke about the important role women have played in the United States military through the years during the 2018 Veterans Day ceremony at University Park. Credit: Patrick Mansell / Penn StateCreative Commons

More than 5,600 Penn State students use the GI Bill as either an active-duty service member, a reservist, veteran or military dependent, across all of the University’s campuses, including Penn State World Campus. Penn State has consistently been recognized as a military-friendly school for the many academic programs and support resources available to service members.

To help support events organized by the Penn State Military Appreciation Committee, visit Visit the Penn State Military Appreciation website for more information on all of the University’s Military Appreciation events.

Last Updated July 12, 2021