The Penn State NROTC Battalion is largely involved with the community. We participate in various community service events and volunteer for many parades and marches, especially during the week leading up to Veteran’s day. It is important midshipman understand the value of giving back to the community and are encouraged to volunteer as much as they can. As future Naval and Marine Corps Officers, they will be expected to put others first and volunteering in community events is a big step towards achieving that.
United Way Day of Caring
On Thursday 6 October, the battalion kept up its annual participation in the Day of Caring where the midshipmen give time out of their day to service their community. Some of the service work included clearing trails, building stages, and developing a garden area on the Boal Mansion’s estate. Some midshipmen were sent to Boy Scout Troop 380 to lend a hand on various tasks, including help in the construction of a log cabin.
LT Michael P Murphy Dinner
Several midshipmen were able to attend a dinner sponsored by the Navy League of Centre County where LT Michael Murphy Distinguished Citizen Award was presented to an outstanding community member. We were honored to be among guest that included Daniel Murphy, Col Tom Manion, USMC (Ret.), and the awardee, Tom Cali, as well as being joined by former MOI, Major John Fulton as the emcee.
Veterans Week Events
Lasch Building Tour
The University held various events leading up to Veterans day on November 11. The football military appreciation game vs Iowa was approaching and Coach Franklin invited the ROTC Battalions to join him at practice to show his respect. Midshipmen and cadets of all branches were invited into the football program’s Lasch Building and received the opportunity to tour the iconic building and meet with Coach Franklin and the players after practice.
Veterans Day Ceremony
The NROTC Battalion provided a formation of midshipmen as well as a tri-service Color Guard to march in the ceremony. The midshipmen and cadets stepped off from Wagner Building and made stop at the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Veterans Memorial to show their respect and honor for those who answered the call to serve. The ceremony ended with a formation at Old Main where midshipmen and cadets stood at attention while various speeches were given honoring the veterans who have served to protect us.