Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mount St. Mary's University - Dedication of Veterans' Walkway

Emmitsburg, MD – Mount St. Mary’s University announces the dedication and blessing of Veterans’ Walkway on Saturday June 5, 2010 at 2pm. Veterans’ Walkway is a living monument on the Mount campus, to honor the hundreds of devoted Mount alumni and members of the community who have served in all branches of the military during peace and war-time.

During our third century of service to our church and our nation, it is quite appropriate that we recognize Mount veterans and thank them for their faithful and selfless service,” says Mount President Thomas H. Powell. “The walkway is open to all visitors and provides a place of honor and reflection and will be a daily reminder to us of the sacrifice our enlisted men and women make to preserve the God-given rights of all citizens.”

Construction of Veterans Walkway, located on the north side of the Mount’s Patriot Hall, began during the summer of 2009 and is intended to have a solemn yet active and alive setting. The walkway, adorned with flags dedicated to all branches of U.S. military and the PIO-MIA, houses monuments, granite benches and bricks etched with names of individuals and organizations honored.

The community is invited to become involved with the walkway by visiting, memorializing or honoring a veteran by sponsoring a bench, flag pole, a service plaque or brick.

Distinguished guests of the dedication include keynote speaker and Maryland Congresswoman Beverly Byron, Rear Admiral Thomas F. Brown III (’54) Major General J. Anthony Studds (’60), Most Reverend William Keeler and all military members in attendance.

Mount St. Mary’s University, presently in its 3rd century of Catholic service was established in 1808. The Mount has maintained it mission of educating minds and building leaders through the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam War, Korean War, Project Desert Shield, War in Afghanistan and Iraqi War. During the Second World War, the Mount served as a training facility for the Navy. Men lived here at the Mount and were trained and readied for deployment.

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