By hosting multiple events, the University of Findlay observed Veterans Day 2019 like never before. Three celebrations were offered for the campus and public on Nov. 11 to honor our country’s heroes. These events provided ample opportunity to give thanks and to learn more about military might and bravery.
UF’s Campus Ministries led a prayer at the flag pole in front of Old Main. Sentiments focused on offering thanks and supporting current military members and their families.
A screening of the Emmy and Telly Award-winning documentary, “A New Leash on Life: The K-9s for Warriors Story” was held in Winebrenner Building’s TLB Auditorium. The film about how the Florida-based K9s for Warriors organization provides service dogs to
post 9-11 military veterans features Cpt. Louis Belluomini and his service dog, Star; Belluomini is a regional paramedic. He, along with UF students, faculty, and staff, recently helped to raise $15,000 to sponsor a K9s for Warriors dog for a veteran in need.
Belluomini and Star, along with U.S. military veterans Adam LeGrange and Shilo Schluterman and their dogs who are also featured in the film, were on hand to answer questions.
Evening events were organized by UF’s Student Activities Board and co-hosted by the Wellness Program.
The University’s traditional annual observance was again held at the Center for Student Life’s Veterans Honor Wall. The ceremony’s special guest speaker was Kyle Dresbach, Pharm.D. ’14, U.S. Air Force Pharmacy Officer in Charge.
Tuskegee Airman and World War II veteran Harold Brown, a German POW survivor, received an honorary doctorate from the University.
A reading of Veterans Honor Wall names followed the program.
Ways to Give Back
• Student Activities Board and Wellness Program members are raising money to fund a second service dog for a U.S. veteran. With generous support from many Hancock County organizations, this fundraising effort is on its way toward reaching its goal! Anyone interested in donating online may visit support.k9sforwarriors.org
• Names are continuously being accepted for UF’s Veterans Honor Wall, which recognizes military service members and veterans who attended UF/Findlay College. The Class of 1966 sponsored the wall, which includes more than 600 names. To submit a name, visit www.findlay.edu/HonoringourVeterans. For more information, contact the Wolfe Center for Alumni, Parents, and Friends, at 419-434-4516 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.