Student-designed veteran memorial unveiled
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 10:00 AM
Student-veterans were among the dignitaries who gathered at Colorado Mesa University on Aug. 26 for the unveiling of a new memorial designed to recognize and honor all CMU students, past and present, who have served in the United States military.
“The CMU Veterans Memorial brings to the attention of CMU and the community that we are a population on campus,” said Amber Siglar, secretary of the Colorado Mesa University Student Veterans Association and one of the driving forces behind the creation of the new memorial. “We wanted a new memorial that was all-encompassing,” she said. “It shows that we honor our veterans, we honor their service.”
The new Veterans Memorial was designed by student-veterans. It is located west of Lowell Heiny Hall near Maverick Circle at the site of an earlier tribute to students who gave their lives for their country in World War II. The World War II tribute included 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 WWII tribute in the spring of 1964.
The same Victory Bell has been incorporated into the new memorial. The new memorial also includes a plaque recognizing all branches of U.S. military service. The plaque recognizing those who lost their lives fighting in World War II is now displayed in the Student-Veterans Lounge in Houston Hall.
Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations