On November 11, 2013, The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown held a Veterans Day tribute at The Heroes Memorial. To begin the ceremony, Trey Hahn, a member of the US Army and Pitt-Johnstown MountainCat Veterans Program, led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. President Spectar then gave a few words of appreciation for all veterans before being presented with The Seven Seals Award by Greg and Polly Simmons from the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The tribute closed with the laying of a wreath to honor the memory of the service men and women who were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Seven Seals Award is presented at both the state and national levels to honor significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes the ESGR mission: to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization." Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.