CMU breaks ground on new memorial to veterans
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:00 AM
Student-veterans were among the dignitaries who gathered at Colorado Mesa University on May 19 for the groundbreaking of a new memorial to be erected on campus in recognition of all the students past and present who have served in the United States military.
“In this part of the state we stick behind our veterans and we’re very proud of the students who have served,” said Dan Robinson, chairman of CMU’s Board of Trustees.
The new memorial will be west of Lowell Heiny Hall at the site of an existing Mesa College tribute to students who gave their lives for their country in World War II. The current memorial includes a Victory Bell that was presented to the institution in 1948 through an act of the United States Congress. The student body supplied funds and much of the labor to build the tribute in the spring of 1964.
Student-veterans currently enrolled at CMU wanted a renovation that would expand recognition to all who served their country. The new memorial will include a plaque recognizing all branches of US military service. The Victory Bell will be incorporated into the new design. The plaque recognizing those who lost their lives fighting in World War II will be displayed in the Student Veterans Lounge in Houston Hall.
“The new memorial will be a more effective and prominent recognition of our student-veterans,” said CMU President Tim Foster.
The $40,000 memorial will be built by PNCI Construction Inc. and will be completed this summer.
Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations