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Penn State Dubois Vets Club and Choir Salute Veterans

Veterans Club
11/22/2005 —

DuBOIS -- Even a soldier looks to the heavens to question existence, purpose and reason.

This was the Veteran’s Day message from keynote speaker Chaplain Gary Califf of the U.S. Air Force Reserves as he addressed the crowd at the James J. Patterson Post No. 813 in DuBois Friday. Among the Penn State DuBois campus community in attendance were the campus choir, under the direction of Dr. Paul Fehrenbach, and the Penn State DuBois Veterans Club.

"The veteran asks deeply, struggles soulfully, yet leads our nation with strength," Califf said. "They ask these questions while their lives are at stake: Is it worth it? When do we get out? Where is God?"

This struggle, Califf noted, is not new with the current war in Iraq, as even in the days of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln debated whether the sacrifice and cost of battle was worth the opportunity to liberate the oppressed.

"It becomes complex on the legislative level, but for citizens and veterans, make it simple, and make it about freedom," Califf advised.

"May God Bless our country, and may God give guidance, wisdom and honor to those who do their duty and serve our country with pride," Califf concluded.The Penn State DuBois Choir performed the "Star Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful" to a crowd of about 150 veterans and citizens of the greater DuBois area during the event.

The Penn State DuBois Veterans Club plays an active role on campus and within the community Club. Sponsored activities include voter registration days, Christmas cards for troops, and Bowling for Kids Sake. The Veterans Club is open to both veterans and non-veterans within Penn State DuBois who share an interest in service to campus and community. For more information, contact club adviser John Piccolo at (814)375-4715.


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For more information, please contact Erin Chorney, Public Information Officer at Penn State DuBois, at (814)375-4776 or by email at edc11@psu.edu.

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