Veterans Day: College honors those who have served

Approximately two dozen students, faculty and staff joined a handful of veterans for a special Veterans Day wreath laying at Marietta College Friday afternoon.

President Jean Scott and Student Senate President Ryan Nolen ’12 (Belpre, Ohio) each addressed the crowd and expressed their gratitude to all veterans, as well as those attending the ceremony at the plaque outside the Gilman entrance facing the Legacy Library. The plaque honors veterans from Marietta College who have died in service to their nation.

Starting at 11 a.m., 5th Street Dining started providing free lunches to all veterans who are students, faculty or staff on campus, as well as student dependents of veterans.

Veterans who have served after Sept. 10, 2001, are eligible to receive benefits through either the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill or the Yellow Ribbon Program, which was created in 2009. Depending on the length of active duty, the Post-9/11 program pays a percentage of the veteran’s college tuition. In the Yellow Ribbon Program, the veteran receives a percentage of the tuition paid for by the participating college or university and the VA matches that contribution. Both benefits are transferable to a veteran’s dependents. Currently there are 13 Marietta College students using the Yellow Ribbon credits.