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Mercyhurst hosts Veterans Tribute Weekend

Monday, October 31, 2016

Mercyhurst University will host a Veterans Tribute Weekend Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, to honor our nation’s military men and women. All events take place on the Erie campus and are free and open to the public.

Mercyhurst’s tribute begins on Friday - Veterans Day - with a Mission 22 event from 6-8 p.m. in the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union sponsored by the Mercyhurst Student Activities and Multicultural Activities councils.

Mission 22, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to raise awareness, enlist support, and end veteran suicide in America, will be a highlighted feature of Friday’s programming.  Suicide prevention/awareness speakers and the Veterans Administration Medical Center Suicide Prevention coordinator will be on site. Visitors can check out military gear on display, write thank you cards to veterans and service members, and participate in camouflage face painting and a push-up contest. Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) will be available to sample and Marco’s Pizza will provide complimentary pizza and refreshments.

On Saturday, Veterans Tribute Weekend continues with a family-friendly brunch and pre-game tailgate activities from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Center for Academic Engagement. These include children’s lawn games, gift bags for kids, and an appearance by Mercyhurst’s charismatic mascot, Luke the Laker.

The Mercyhurst University Hospitality Program will prepare brunch, which is free for veterans and their families who RSVP; call Dr. Karen Morahan at 824-2909 by Nov. 8, to make reservations. The traditional brunch will include: eggs, waffles, bacon, sausage, carving ham, potatoes, chicken fingers, French fries, coffee, tea, fruit juices and dessert. 

The spirited weekend continues at noon on Saturday with a Mercyhurst vs. Lock Haven football game at Tullio Field. Admission is free for all. Mercyhurst has organized elaborate pre-game and halftime ceremonies, featuring the football team’s annual Senior Day Celebration, the Mercyhurst Marching Band, a Military Color Guard, a Military Vehicle Display, an “Old Glory” recital, bell-ringing and flag-raising.

As a Military Friendly School, Mercyhurst University celebrates its active service members and veterans by providing them with the support and resources to excel toward obtaining their higher education degrees. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Morahan by calling 824-2909 or via email: kmorahan@mercyhurst.edu.