East Stroudsburg University to commemorate veterans and active duty military

November 5, 2018 by  

The annual Veterans Day Celebration will be held at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) for the 10th consecutive year later this week to recognize servicemen, servicewomen and veterans in the local area in all branches of the armed services.

Lieutenant Colonel Ron Watson, Jr., Retired, will be the keynote speaker. He graduated from the university in 1976 and served in active duty for 22 years in various staff and command assignments in the United States Marine Corps.

There will also be a rededication of the Julia Statue, which was purchased by alumni of the university to commemorate those faculty and students from ESU who served and lost their lives during the first World War. The statue was originally unveiled and dedicated 99 years ago and has become a symbol of the university’s link with its heritage as a teachers’ college.

There will also be a wreath laying by President of ESU, Marcia Welsh, Ph.D. and Lieutenant Colonel Watson, an armed forces medley, and the Celtic United Pipes and Drums playing their bagpipes as part of the celebration. Tap will be played to finalize the ceremony.

The Veterans Day Celebration will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 8 in Stroud Hall with a reception to follow.

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