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 Army major delivers Veterans Day address at SRU ceremony 




November 7, 2008

Contact: K.E. Schwab  




Army major delivers Veterans Day address at SRU ceremony   


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - U.S. Army Maj. Patrick Callahan, chair of Slippery Rock University's Army ROTC program, will deliver the University's "Veterans Day 2008" address as part of the Nov. 11 public ceremony at 11:11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial.

           The memorial, created by the SRU classes of 1951, 1952 and 1953 and dedicated in 2003, is located outside the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. 

           As part of the ceremony, Michael Saraka, SRU Alumni Relations director, and Jacey Laidacker Loundon will present the Christopher Loudon Hero Scholarship. The scholarship was created in honor of the 2005 environmental science graduate killed in Iraq in 2006. Laidacker Loudon is Loudon's widow.

           2nd Lt. Loudon, who was commissioned through SRU's Army ROTC program, was 23 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in West Baghdad.

           Callahan, who took over the University's ROTC program last August following service in Iraq, said his address "would remind those in attendance of all of those who have come before and will pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. It will be a time to reflect."

           Callahan, a 20-year Army veteran, has also served in Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, England, German and various locations in the U.S.

           The ceremony will include a welcome from Saraka and William Williams, provost and vice president for academic affairs. The SRU Chamber Singers will perform. Cadets in SRU's Army ROTC program will raise the flags.

           Refreshments will follow in the Furrie Reception Room of the alumni house.                      


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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