ESU To Host Veterans Day Celebration

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East Stroudsburg University will hold a Veterans Day Celebration on Friday, November 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to recognize local veterans and servicemen in all branches of the armed services and also to introduce veterans to the educational opportunities available to them at ESU. The celebration will be held in the Keystone Room in the Center for Hospitality Management. There will also be a military observance, including a 21-gun salute, adjacent to the statue (Julia) at the front campus circle. Julia was originally acquired by East Stroudsburg State Normal School (ESSNS) alumni in 1919 to commemorate and honor the school’s servicemen and women who had died in World War I.

Keynote speaker for this event is Colonel Robert Bennett, who is currently at the United States War College at Carlisle Barracks, graduating in 2012. Col. Bennett earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from the University of Alabama and a master of arts degree in education from Ball State University. Former Army Veteran Dennis Higgins, ESU class of 2013, will preside over the Veterans Day Celebration. Highlights of the celebration will include a wreath-laying ceremony, with a 21-gun salute taking place at approximately 2:30 p.m. The celebration is open to the general public and campus communities at no cost.

Refreshments will be served and local veteran organizations will host an information fair in ESU’s Keystone Room.

The Celebration program is as follows:

2:00 p.m.
Invocation by Capt. Ryan C. Kraus, U.S. Army

Keystone Room, Center for Hospitality Management

Kevin MacIntire, ESU Staff
National Anthem

Keystone Room, Center for Hospitality Management

Arielle Bazulka
Pledge of Allegiance

Keystone Room, Center for Hospitality Management

2:05 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks from ESU President Robert J. Dillman

Keystone Room, Center for Hospitality Management

2:10 p.m.
Opening Remarks by Dr. Jeffrey Weber
Associate Professor of Political Science

Keystone Room, Center for Hospitality Management

2:15 p.m.
Keynote Remarks by Col. Robert Bennett
Keystone Room, Center for Hospitality Management

2:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks by Commissioner Suzanne McCool
County Commissioner from 2004-2010
Keystone Room, Center for Hospitality Management

Visitors to ESU’s campus may find additional parking at the university’s Center for Innovation, located at the intersection of Brown Street and Route 447 in East Stroudsburg. Shuttle buses will pick up visitors at the remote location and bring them to the Keystone Room for the celebration, and return them to the Center at the conclusion of the event.

For more information, contact June Pepe in the Office of Enrollment Services at (570) 422-2830 or at