Pitt-Johnstown will dedicate its Heroes Memorial at a ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday at the site behind the J. Irving Whalley Chapel.
Believed to be the only memorial of its kind on any college campus in the country, Heroes Memorial pays tribute to those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the servicemen and women who have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“This memorial serves as a teachable monument, a solemn signpost of ultimate service to country including by many college-age students. It is a remembrance of the heavy burden borne by the fallen, the wounded and their families, and is a sober awakening to the obligations of citizenship, a clarion call to us all to be worthy of their sacrifice” university President Jem Spectar said in describing the memorial.
At the center of the Heroes Memorial is a 3,500-pound steel I-beam from the World Trade Center.
It is surrounded by the names of the more than 3,000 victims of 9/11 as well as the names and ages of 1,729 members of the U.S. military killed in Afghanistan and the 4,456 soldiers killed in Iraq through Aug. 22.
The names will be updated periodically as the Pentagon releases the names of the fallen.
The memorial also pays tribute to the more than 46,000 members of the military who have been wounded in hostile action in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The community is invited to attend the dedication.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the chapel.
A reception will follow.
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