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Salute to Veterans 2010

Salute to Veterans
During the week of November 8 through the 12, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus community honored military veterans and active duty military personnel as part of the MountainCat Veterans Program (MVP).  In addition to American flags flying at both entrances to campus as well as along the sidewalk leading from Blackington Hall to the campus mall, the campus community came together for a number of tributes including the preparation of care packages for active duty military personnel and a visit to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center where volunteers served a special dinner to the Center's clients.  Additionally, President Spectar hosted the second annual Veterans Day dinner for members of the Pitt-Johnstown MVP as well as faculty, staff, and Advisory Board members who are military veterans. 
 
Spirit Rock Veterans Day
  
Mt Cat Veterans
 Spirit Rock was painted especially for the week-long Salute to Veterans.  Flags flew from dawn to dusk along the pathway leading to the Mountain Cat statue.
 
Veterans Day
  
Veterans Day
 With the precision of a drill team, volunteers prepared  packages for shipment to military personnel serving in the Middle East.  Even PJ the Mountain Cat volunteered part of the afternoon to help assemble the packages.
 
Veterans Day
 

 Veterans Day

 Visitors to campus were greeted with Pitt-Johnstown's patriotic spirit as flags flew throughout the week at both entrances to campus.  Many thanks to the MVP volunteers and members of Beverly Withiam's University Scholarship class for helping to assemble the care packages.
 
Veterans Day Dinner Dr Spectar
  
Veterans Day Dinner
 President Spectar hosted the 2nd annual Veterans Day dinner, where he suggested, "Every day should be Veterans Day.  Every day should be a day to say 'thank you' to our veterans." Dr. Kristen Majocha, assistant professor of communication and US Navy veteran, led the dinner guests in the Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by a moving rendition of the National Anthem sung by student Karamie Hess.