Valor and Sacrifice

Nearly 100 people—students, faculty, staff, families and veterans of all five branches of the military in conflicts from World War II forward—gathered in the Yehl Alumni Ballroom for Gannon University’s Veterans Day salute.

Ceremonies were held honoring prisoners of war and service personnel missing in action, as well as six Gannon graduates who were missing or killed in action.

Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., saluted veterans for their "sacrifices, dedication and service to your country and to Gannon University.” He reminded the gathering that when the United States entered World War II, more than 500 of Gannon’s 550 male students left to serve their country.

The day’s keynote speaker, retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik '71, the highest-ranking general officer to have graduated from Gannon, delivered a stern assessment of the military challenges facing the country.

He, too, paid tribute to this comrades-in-arms, saying, "Those who have fought on our behalf have shown through their valor and sacrifice that they are another Greatest Generation."

Gannon University recognizes Veterans Day by honoring all fallen soldiers, including our own graduates.