November 12, 2010
La Salle University Dedicates Veterans’ Lounge and
ROTC Center on Its West Campus
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, La Salle University celebrated the blessing and dedication of its new Veterans’ Lounge and ROTC Center.
The ceremony featured remarks by La Salle University President Br. Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., a reflection by retired Maj. Gen. William Burns, U.S. Army, a 1954 graduate of La Salle and former member of the University’s Board of Trustees, and remarks by Lt. Col. Maura Gillen, U.S. Army, Commanding Officer of the Drexel University ROTC program, with which La Salle’s program is affiliated.
Speaking of Veterans Day, Lt. Col. Gillen said, “I—and many other veterans, who are my family—don’t seek tribute today. The lives we lead are our own tribute to each other and to the citizens of the nation we love.” (Click here for her full remarks.)
The welcome and closing remarks were made by Br. Edward Hofmann, F.S.C., assistant director of admission, a 1970 La Salle graduate who was an ROTC student. The blessing was performed by Br. Joseph J. Willard, F.S.C., executive assistant to the President, a 1964 La Salle graduate who served with the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Br. Joseph J. Willard, F.S.C., blesses the new Veterans' Lounge and ROTC Center. Looking on, from left to right, are Br. Ed Hoffmann, F.S.C., Br. Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Maj. Gen. William Burns, U.S. Army, Lt. Col. Maura Gillen, U.S. Army, and John L. McCloskey, '48, retired vice president of public affairs and ROTC instructor, who served in the U.S. Air Corps.
The audience at the ceremony was composed of University administrators, faculty, and staff, including some who served in the armed forces, and La Salle ROTC undergraduate students.
The new Veterans’ Lounge and ROTC Center is located on the first floor of St. Benilde Tower on La Salle’s west campus. The suite of rooms is decorated with memorabilia donated by Burns.