In recognition of Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 11, Mercyhurst University will hold a flag raising ceremony on the front lawn of Old Main at 8:30 a.m. All are invited to come and pay tribute to America’s veterans, particularly those who are members of the Mercyhurst community.
Among them is Mercyhurst President Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., who served six years as an enlisted man in the United States Navy Reserve, 1966-1972, and two years active duty, 1966-1968, stationed on a minesweeper in the Atlantic Fleet. Gamble said Mercyhurst is committed to offering an outstanding education to its veterans, and strives to provide the resources and services to make their educational experience rewarding.
Mercyhurst Veterans Association adviser Steve Zidek, a decorated Marine for his service in Iraq and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, will lead representatives of his student group at the flag raising ceremony Monday. They’ll also participate in the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Erie on Saturday, Nov. 9, as will members of Mercyhurst’s Army Reserves Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Mercyhurst partners with Gannon University and Penn State-The Behrend College to offer the ROTC program.
“I have the utmost respect for my cadets,” said Raymond E. Patterson, recruiting operations and military science instructor for the “Pride of PA” battalion. “They are kind of grabbing the ‘torch’ and preparing to become officers after graduation, to take the military to its next level and defend our country. To see the next generation take on this responsibility makes me proud to be a former soldier.”
On a lighter note, Gamble said, "I would like to take a moment and wish all my fellow veterans a happy and healthy Veterans Day. Whether we loved or hated our time in uniform (I'm sure for many there was some of each), we all did our duty for our nation and for our friends and family. I think that is something to feel good about and to celebrate.”