Dining Services Honors Veterans’ Commitment to Freedom

A "thank you" wall provides a forum for gratitude, and a staff-knitted blanket is among the door prizes on display.

Chet Beaver (left), an Army veteran and financial aid specialist, shares his experiences with Brandon R. Belack (center), a civil engineering technology major from Halifax, and others during dinner.

Patriotic bunting adorns the serving line.

As in other dining units across campus, an “empty table” symbolizes those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

A Veterans Day Celebration Dinner, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in CC Commons, allowed the campus community to recognize servicemen and women in the Penn College family. The evening’s “all-American menu” featured chicken wings and crab legs, attendees were afforded the opportunity to show their appreciation, and those with military ID were eligible for giveaways.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Comments – 2 Comments

Whose idea was it to use the American Flag as a tablecloth? Even though it is knitted, it is still a flag. It has 13 stripes and 50 stars. I have friends that I served with who died defending the flag and to use it as a tablecloth is an insult to them and all other veterans.

Posted by Ed Hollingsworth at November 11, 2017 at 7:59 am

From Crissy L. McGinness, director of Dining Services:

“As part of our Veterans Day celebration, we asked those who have served our country to enter their names for a chance to win several door prizes, the flag blanket being one. One of our staff had actually taken the time to knit the blanket you are talking about. Due to the size of the blanket, we laid it out across the tabletop to better display it. I can assure you it was not being used as a tablecloth, and that Dining Services will not and would not ever use the flag in a disrespectful way. I hope you enjoyed the celebration of our veterans. Thank you.”

Posted by PCToday editor at November 13, 2017 at 9:29 am

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