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Ceremony marks college’s contribution to veterans memorial


Markley (left) listens as Howard Wilt, a Marine veteran of the Korean War and chair of the memorial commission, reads the award inscription.
Markley (left) listens as Howard Wilt, a Marine veteran of the Korean War and chair of the memorial commission, reads the award inscription.
Lugg and Reed accept plaques on behalf of the college's role in the veterans memorial.
Lugg and Reed accept plaques on behalf of the college’s role in the veterans memorial.
A memorial brick casts in stone the institution's timeless commitment to veterans.
A memorial brick casts in stone the institution’s timeless commitment to veterans.
Veterans gather with Penn College students, administrators and faculty in unified appreciation of those honored at the solemn site.
Veterans gather with Penn College students, administrators and faculty in unified appreciation of those honored at the solemn site.

“God bless these students and their instructors,” the manager of the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park project said this past weekend, presenting a pair of awards honoring Penn College’s involvement with the expansive monument in Williamsport’s West End. Army veteran John O. Markley offered those remarks early Friday evening during a brief, informal ceremony attended by a number of construction students and instructors Harry W. Hintz and Glenn R. Luse. He also thanked “two more people who made it happen” – college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies – who helped the commission realize its 15-year dream by greenlighting the off-campus enterprise. Lugg and Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost, were presented with plaques “in grateful recognition of your enduring commitment and leadership to the ongoing improvements and expansion of the stone wall and memorial brick display” at the West Fourth Street park. Work continues at the site, which is scheduled to be dedicated during next year’s Memorial Day weekend.

Comments

Beckie Reeder,

Congrats, Carol and Mike! What an honor!

Ed Thompson,

Absolutely wonderful! Congratulations to everyone involved with this. And a very humble and heartfelt “Thank you” to everyone who has served in the military. Blessings to all.

Kurtis Klodnicki,

It was a honor to be a part of this veterans memorial wall project. There is nothing better than learning hands-on outside of the classroom while making a huge difference in the community. It was nice to be able to talk with veterans that would stop in to check in on progress. This memorial wall project means so much to so many people in this community. Dr. Lugg, thank you for allowing students to go out and serve others in our community. Mr. Hintz, thank you for all the teaching moments along the way through the construction phases of this project. Luse, thank you for everything that you did to help make this possible. It was a great masonry semester project with you and the class. The knowledge that you shared is priceless. Many students can be “Penn College Proud” for working on this wonderful project. Most of all, thank you to anyone that has served in our military! This memorial will be there for many years to come for others to enjoy!

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