DelVal to dedicate a campus veterans center in Janet Manion’s honor at its Veterans Day celebration
Delaware Valley College will host a Veterans Day program to acknowledge respected members of military branches, on Nov.12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Moumgis Auditorium (located in the Student Center).
The program will start with College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan revealing plans for the Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center, to be housed at DelVal. Manion, along with her husband, started the Travis Manion Foundation after her son Travis was killed in Iraq. The foundation helps military veterans and their families, and also honors those who have fallen in service. Before Manion passed away last April, she was awarded an honorary degree from DelVal.
During the dedication, her husband, retired Marine Corps Reserve Colonel Thomas Manion will be speaking, as well as Dr. James Moryan, interim dean of the School of Graduate, Professional and Entrepreneurial Studies, and Admiral Steve Chadwick, who serves on the President’s Advisory Council at DelVal.
Following the dedication, there will be a Veterans Day Ceremony presented by the Class of 2015. The program will include a tribute to each of the military branches, and a veteran from each branch will speak about his or her experiences and reflections.
The program was created by Class of 2015 President Jade Orth. The Floral Society will be doing some of the program’s centerpieces, as well as food centerpieces that will later be donated to a local food bank.
Orth brought up the idea of having a Veterans Day program last year when she was a freshman. She has been working with the College officials since then to bring this program to fruition.
“It’s a way we can do something for our veterans after everything they have done for us,” said Orth.