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Testimonials from speeches at the dedication

"Our nation’s history is steeped in battlefields of soldiers, sailors, and foot soldiers from the revolution to the wars we face today. It is right and fitting that we have a memorial at this institution of higher learning so that we can learn to understand that peace is the final solution, not  war."                                                                                                                         

 --- Pennsylvania State Senator John N. Wozniak, '78

"The best thing that we can do when we leave here and go back to our regular lives is remember that freedom isn't free."

---Pennsylvania State Representative Bryan Barbin

"I'm honored that this twisted steel beam stands as a sober reminder of those that fight and die for our freedom, the freedom to teach and learn freely in the steel beamed reinforced academic buildings that we call our home at Pitt-Johnstown."

---Kristen Majocha, PhD, Assistant Professor, Communication and US Navy Veteran

"Service is a choice to give or sacrifice something that you value for the betterment of someone or something else. Some donate time or money. Some people sacrifice their lives, such as the names on this memorial. I challenge each of you to ask yourself, "How do I serve?", as you remember those who have served this great nation." 

 --- Brian Gindlesperger '12, Purple Heart Recipient, and Veteran Operation Iraqi Freedom

"On 911, most of the college students today were still in grade school. The 5,550 killed in the recent wars were the same age we are now…and that strikes a common chord with college students all across the nation. "Never forget" spread across the nation and now here at Pitt-Johnstown we will never forget those of 911 and all of those who sacrificed lives."                                                                                                                                                           --- Cliff Maloney, Jr., '12, President, Student Government Association