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9-11 memorial event to honor troops

Shippensburg University will honor the men and women who lost their lives in the War on Terror at the 2010 September 11th Memorial Event.

The event is sponsored by the Student Veterans of America (SVA), an organization whose main focus is to ensure the well being of veterans as they make the transition from military to college life. Shippensburg’s newly-founded SVA is one of 300 chapters nationwide. It’s estimated the university has between 300 and 400 veterans as students.

The event is part of the SVA’s “Military Appreciation Week.” During the week of Sept. 6, the organization will place 6,500 flags in front of Ezra Lehman Memorial Library, approximately one for every service member who died in the War on Terror. The flags are donated by the Shippensburg VFW.Testphoto

 According to Joshua D. Lang, president and founder of Shippensburg’s SVA, “It has been almost nine years since Sept. 11, 2001 when our country was changed forever. Nearly 3,000 lives were lost that day and nothing was left except for ashes.”

Lang served in Afghanistan for 15 months and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. for four years and is stationed in Chambersburg as a member of the National Guard.

The memorial event begins at 9:11 a.m. Sept. 11 in front of Lehman Library. Speakers will include Major General Gregg F. Martin, commandant of the United States Army War College; Cumberland County Commissioner Barbara Cross, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel; Dr. Denny Terrell, Shippensburg University’s vice president of administration and finance and a retired Air Force brigadier general; and James Powers, Pennsylvania’s Director of Homeland Security. University music groups will also perform with the Shippensburg VFW and American Legions color guard and rifle units also participating.

Beginning Sept. 8, the organization will have a table in front of Lehman Library to sell support bracelets and T-shirts, and provide an opportunity to sponsor a fallen hero with a flag. Proceeds will go to the Wounded Warriors Project and Shippensburg’s SVA to help facilitate troop services and on-campus needs for veterans.

For more information, contact SVA at shipsva@ship.edu or 440-1057.