Wilkes University


Wilkes University Will Hold Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 9

The Veterans Council at Wilkes University pays tribute to veterans both past and present at a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Nov. 9. The ceremony will be held in the Fenner Quadrangle, on the Wilkes campus, located off of South Franklin Street between West South and Northampton streets, Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy and Corey Smith, student veteran representative of the Veteran’s Council, will also speak at the ceremony.

The Air Force ROTC color guard will present the colors and the national anthem will be played at the ceremony. The Rev. Roland Preisler, pastor of Grace Community Church, Dallas, Pa., will give the invocation.

The guest speaker will be 1st Sgt. Shawn Kelly, a Marine who served multiple deployments between 2001 and 2009 in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. Kelly was also deployed to the Kingdom of Bahrain where he engaged in several security operations. In 2011, following the Irab Spring, his platoon was sent to Cairo, Egypt, to secure and reinforce the U.S. embassy. During 2011, he also was deployed to security operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This was followed by service at Close Quarters Battle and Advanced Urban Combat School. In 2012, Kelly was deployed to several areas in South Korea to participate in the Korean Marines Exchange Program. He currently serves as the site support inspector instructor to Marine Wing Support Squadron 472 Detachment Alpha in Wyoming.

The event will end with a moment of silence and the playing of taps.