DUBOIS – Penn State DuBois students honored the men and women who have served in the nation’s armed forces on Veteran’s Day with volunteer service, and a noon-time ceremony.
Steve Manginell, a student and veteran of the United States Air Force organized the Veteran’s Day ceremony held around the campus flag pole in Schoch Plaza. It included the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silence, music, and a speech by Manginell. Dozens of students, faculty, and staff members attended.
Manginell served as an Air Force Security Policeman during Operation Just Cause in Panama, in 1989. During his speech, he shared his own personal stories and feelings about serving. He also spoke about the important roles veterans have played in America’s history, and in the lives of everyone.
“There is nothing we have in America today that a veteran didn’t make a sacrifice for. Absolutely nothing,” Manginell said. “So, we need to bring more awareness to the veterans and to this holiday so people can express their thanks.”
Also, on the morning of Veteran’s Day, seven members of the Penn State DuBois Veteran’s Club volunteered to serve at a veteran’s pancake breakfast held at the DuBois American Legion post. Doug Kessler, president of the Veteran’s Club, and an Air Force retiree with 27 years of service, was among those volunteers.
“It’s all about service before self,” Kessler said. “Vets come first today, it’s their special day, and we want to help show our appreciation.”
Chancellor Anita McDonald said, “We are fortunate to have many veterans who are currently enrolled as students here at Penn State DuBois, and it gives me a great deal of pride to have them as members of our campus community.”