The Student Government Association of The University of Southern Mississippi
Gulf Coast, in connection with the Gulf Coast administration and faculty,
today unveiled a monument dedicated to veterans who have served the
nation. The event brought out Coast campus administrators, SGA executive
board members and representatives from local VFW chapters.
wanted to recognize the importance of veterans in preserving our
freedoms in this country," said Gulf Coast SGA President Mark
E. Sedgwick. "To that end, we wanted to show our appreciation
by erecting this monument on campus."
which is made of gray granite and placed in the Liberty Garden across
from the famous Friendship Oak, includes the insignia of the five
branches of the military, a soaring eagle and the inscription "In
memory of those who have fallen to preserve our enduring freedom."
of Southern Mississippi counts among its most distinguished alumni
many who have served our country in the armed forces," said
Southern Miss Gulf Coast Chief Operating Officer Ken Malone. "We
are humbled to recognize the sacrifices of these men and women in
protecting our ability to live free and pursue our lives in this
the event marked the initial official event of the newly formed
Gulf Coast SGA. "We wanted to first do something for those
who had done something for us," he said. "We thought a
memorial of this type would be fitting."
Dr. Jay Grimes,
provost of the Southern Miss Gulf Coast campus and director of the
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, felt this event was appropriate,
considering the times. "We have an outstanding student body
here at Southern Miss, and their involvement in community functions
is exemplary," he said.
recent work on the veteran's monument is a proud testimony to this
and sends a strong message to the men and women in our military
that Southern Miss truly cares about them."