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Whitworth to Honor Veterans at Two Special Ceremonies

November 4, 2019
Whitworth University deeply values the service and sacrifice made by our veterans and military families. In continued tradition, we will honor them during several ceremonies throughout the month of November.

Military & Veterans Appreciation Football Game:

The first will be the military & veterans appreciation football game as the Whitworth Pirates take on the Linfield Wildcats at the Pine Bowl on Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m.

The Fairchild Air Force Base Honor Guard will present colors/arms at the beginning of the game as an 80-foot flag is unfurled during the singing of the national anthem. A Bell UH-1N Huey helicopter from Fairchild Air Force Base will perform a flyover during the anthem.

Attendees will have a chance to look inside a LUH-72 Lakota helicopter, which will be on display throughout the game.

Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor and Col. Derek M. Salmi, commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, will perform a coining ceremony, honoring Whitworth’s military/veteran students, during halftime.

Veterans Day Ceremony:

On Nov. 11, please join the Whitworth community in honoring our veterans at a special ceremony at the Whitworth Veterans Memorial (outside Cowles Auditorium) at 12 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., will be the keynote speaker.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, President Taylor will accept a certificate from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs naming Whitworth as an official Veteran Supportive Campus Partner.

“It is my honor to work for a university that values our military as much as Whitworth does,” says Phil Labrie, Whitworth’s assistant director for veterans outreach. “Receiving this certificate means our university is committed to creating a culture of trust, well-being and success for all those who serve our country. I am so grateful for the partnership we have with the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs.”

Whitworth has been named a Military Friendly School for the last three years by Viqtory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.

The university has been approved to serve veterans and their family members who are eligible for educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, including under the Post-9/11 ‘‘GI Bill®, Yellow Ribbon, Montgomery ‘‘GI Bill®, Veterans Educational Assistance, Survivors & Dependents Assistance and Military Tuition Assistance.

For more information about Whitworth’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit Whitworth’s veteran education benefits webpage.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Phil Labrie, assistant director for veterans outreach, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3302 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or

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