Penn State Military Appreciation Week Events Begin Nov. 4


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State will honor the service and sacrifice of military service members, veterans and their families with a series of military appreciation events for Penn State and local communities throughout the month of November.

Penn State’s 11th Annual Military Appreciation Week officially kicks off Nov. 4 with a series of festivities celebrating Penn State faculty and staff who are veterans and service members. The celebrations, which include Veterans Day activities on Nov. 11, will culminate with the annual Military Appreciation Football Game at Beaver Stadium on Nov. 12.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public — including veterans and military members — and Penn State students, faculty, and staff.

Military Appreciation Week Events:

October 3 – State College Borough Military Appreciation Week Proclamation: 7 p.m. at State College in the State College Municipal Building. During its regular town hall meeting, the Borough of State College recognized Military Appreciation Week in the borough which will run from November 4-12.

November 1 – Proclamation of Center County Military Appreciation Month: 10 a.m. at the Willowbank Office Building in Bellefonte. The Center County Commissioners will recognize November as Military Appreciation Month at its weekly meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

November 4 – First Annual Penn State Military Appreciation Week Concert: 8 p.m. at the State Theater in downtown State College. The Penn State Military Appreciation Committee and the State Theater present Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears with 2022 Grammy Award winner Cedric Burnside. All proceeds benefit the Penn State Military Student Fund. Tickets are available for purchase for $40 in advance on the State Theater website or for $46 the day of the show.

November 5 — Open House at the House of Veteran Students: 2-6 p.m. at the Omega Delta Sigma Veteran Student House at 500 South Allen Street at State College. Veteran student fraternity Omega Delta Sigma is hosting an open house for the community at its new fraternity house.

November 6 — Freedom of Military Appreciation 5K: Noon at the medlar field in Lubrano Park. The Freedom 5K – hosted by the Penn State Air Force ROTC – will raise funds and awareness for veterans to navigate life after service. Race registration is mandatory via the online form. While the race is free to participate, donations to the Operation Red Wings Foundation are currently being accepted.

November 10 — Veterans’ Luncheon: From noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Hintz Alumni Center. The Penn State Military Appreciation Events Committee will host a luncheon celebrating Penn State employee service members and veterans. Penn State faculty, staff, students and veterans are invited to attend. Eugene L. McFeely, Colonel, USAF (Retired), who is Senior Director of Veterans Affairs and Services at Penn State, will be the guest speaker. Reservations are required before October 28 and places are limited. A the request to participate can be submitted via this online form.

November 10 — WWII exhibit and open house at the All-Sports Museum Open House: 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the All-Sports Museum. The All-Sports Museum is hosting the “I Am a Penn Stater: Nittany Lions in World War II” exhibit on the second floor of the museum through June 1, 2025. Scheduled to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the conflict, “I Am a Penn Stater” chronicles the contributions of men of letters from Nittany Lion University and athletes of the Women’s Recreation Association during World War II and follows their service over the years. Museum of all sports is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is by suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children, seniors and students.

Nov. 11 – Penn State Employee and Student Military Appreciation Breakfast: 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in Heritage Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center. The annual Penn State Employee and Student Military Service Recognition Breakfast recognizes Penn State employees and students in the military. Students, faculty and staff who are currently serving or have served in the armed forces are invited to attend the breakfast, which will include light refreshments, entertainment and networking. Registration is mandatory via this online form. For additional questions, please contact Sharon Lucas at [email protected]

November 11 — Veterans Day Ceremony: Starting at 11:11 a.m. to noon on the Old Main and Virtual Lawn. Join the Penn State community for a Veterans Day ceremony honoring those who served in the armed forces. The annual ceremony, hosted by the Penn State Student Veterans Organization, will be held in front of Old Main and will be broadcast live on watch.psu.edu/MAW.

November 11 — Panel of Veteran Students: Additional information is forthcoming.

November 12 – Military Appreciation Tailgate: Three hours before the football game kicks off (game time TBD) at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State and Walmart will host a free tailgate featuring food, entertainment, a resource fair and more for active duty, Guard and Reserve military members, veterans and their families, and Gold families. Star. Other events include a military-themed banner contest. Military members and veterans with valid proof of military service are welcome and can get free tickets at the door.

November 12 — Military Appreciation Football Game: Time to be determined at Beaver Stadium. Penn State will recognize Penn State faculty and staff who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces during the football team. Military Appreciation Game vs. University of Maryland.

The Penn State Military Appreciation Week Committee is made up of Penn State and community volunteers who are dedicated to honoring the military community and celebrating Penn State’s military history and support for military members, veterans and military families. For more than a decade, the committee has organized Penn State Military Appreciation Week in conjunction with the community, student organizations, Penn State Athletics, and local veterans organizations. To help support the annual events hosted by the Penn State Military Appreciation Committee, please visit give.communityfunded.com/o/annual-giving/i/military.

For the latest information on the Military Appreciation Week event, visit Penn State Military Appreciation Website.

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