A pre-dedication ceremony held during Homecoming and Family Weekend 2016 included the Class of 1966 recognizing the planned Veterans’ Honor Wall, and the Class of 1976 announcing its assistance to erect a flagpole, both of which will be located at the new Center for Student Life and College of business now under construction.
Held on Old Main’s front lawn on Saturday, Oct. 15, the event featured University, government and U.S. veterans speaking, along with ceremonial activities such as a presentation of flags and 21-gun salute by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad. The Marching Oiler Brass also performed a patriotic tribute.
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The Veterans’ Honor Wall will list names of past and present veterans who attended the University of Findlay. The University will seek names to include on the wall, and donations to finance the project, through to the Center’s completion slated for summer 2017. According to A.R. Charnes, UF Board of Trustees chairman and a member of the Class of 1966 Reunion Committee, more than 500 names have already been accepted for inclusion on the wall.
At Saturday’s ceremony, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Wayne R. Welty, M’15, thanked the University and the community for honoring veterans for their service. He also expressed gratitude for his educational experience at UF. Welty received a Master of Business Administration in 2015, and is now pursuing a Master of Science in Health Informatics. He said his degrees will help him continue to serve his country and fellow Americans; he is now being considered for a position with the U.S. Navy Medical Service Board, he said.
“I’ve been greeted at every turn by supportive faculty,” said Welty, and staff have also expertly guided him through his academic career. “As a student veteran I’ve felt welcomed and embraced by the community and University alike,” he maintained. UF’s continued efforts to honor and serve veterans illustrates that it shares the same values of “honor, courage and commitment” and the United States military instills in its members, Welty concluded.
The hundreds of names that have thus far been received for UF’s Veterans’ Honor Wall “reinforces that this project has had an impact far beyond the reach of our campus today,” said University President Katherine Fell, Ph.D. “We will continue to find more and better ways to serve current and future veteran students on campus,” she said.
More information about the project, how to donate and how to submit names for consideration can be found at https://newsroom.findlay.edu/class-of-66-seeking-veterans-names-for-honor-wall/