Colorado Mesa University breaks ground on new Veterans Memorial |

Colorado Mesa University breaks ground on new Veterans Memorial

Student-veterans were among the dignitaries who gathered at Colorado Mesa University this morning for a groundbreaking for a new memorial to be erected on campus in recognition of all the students past and present who have served in the United States military.

The new Veterans Memorial will be west of Lowell Heiny Hall at the site of a tribute to men from what was then Mesa College who gave their lives for their country in World War II. The World War II tribute includes a Victory Bell that was presented to Mesa in 1948 through an act of the United States Congress. The student body supplied funds and much of the labor to build the WWII tribute in the spring of 1964.

Student-veterans currently enrolled at CMU wanted a renovation that would expand recognition to all who had served their country. The new memorial will include a plaque recognizing all branches of US military service. The Victory Bell will be incorporated into the new design. The plaque recognizing those who lost their lives fighting in World War II will be displayed in the Student Veterans Lounge in Houston Hall.

The $40,000 memorial will be built by PNCI Construction Inc., and will be completed this summer.

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