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Penn State To Host Military Appreciation Week Events Beginning November 4

Penn State will kick off its 11th annual Military Appreciation Week on Friday, November 4, to honor military service members, veterans, and their families.

Multiple events will take place ahead of the highly anticipated Military Appreciation game against Maryland on Saturday, November 12, in Beaver Stadium. Through “Seats for Servicemen,” veterans and their families were able to receive complimentary tickets.

Check out the full slate of events to honor our military heroes, including a breakfast, a concert, and a 5K.

November 4 — Concert Benefitting Penn State Military Student Fund

Head over to the State Theatre at 8 p.m. for the first annual Military Appreciation Week concert. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and 2022 Grammy Award winner Cedric Burnside will perform. Tickets can be purchased for $40 online or for $46 on the day of the show. Proceeds benefit the Penn State Military Student Fund.

November 5 — Student Veteran House Open House

The Omega Delta Sigma student veteran fraternity will host an open house between 2 and 6 p.m. at 500 South Allen Street.

November 5 — Wills For Heroes

The Penn State Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic, the Centre County Bar, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division and Pro Bono Program are hosting a Wills for Heroes event between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in suite 118 in the 329 Building at Innovation Park.

Active and retired police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders, military veterans and their spouses/partners, and essential workers who worked during the pandemic can receive free basic estate planning documents. These documents include wills, living wills, healthcare, and financial powers of attorney.

November 6 — Military Appreciation Freedom 5K

Beginning at noon on Sunday, head over to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for a 5K organized by Penn State Air Force ROTC. The race is free, but donations will benefit Operation Red Wings. You can register here.

November 10 — Veterans Luncheon

Penn State faculty, staff, student, and alumni veterans can attend a free luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hintz Family Alumni Center. Senior Director for Veteran Affairs and Services Eugene L. McFeely, Colonel, USAF (Ret.) will speak at the event. Reserve your spot by Monday, November 7, here.

November 10 — All-Sports Museum Open House And WWII Exhibit

Penn State’s All-Sports Museum will host the “I Am a Penn Stater: Nittany Lions in the World War II” exhibit on the second floor of the museum through June 2025. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Entry by donation for adults and children is $5 and $3, respectively.

November 11 — Penn State Employee And Student Military Appreciation Breakfast

Students, faculty, and staff veterans can attend a free breakfast from 9 to 10:45 a.m. in Heritage Hall in the HUB. The Susquehanna Service Dogs/ University Park Puppy Club will be in attendance, too! Registration is required.

November 11 — Veterans Day Ceremony

The Penn State Student Veterans Organization will host a Veterans Day ceremony beginning at 11:11 a.m. on Old Main Lawn. This event, honoring those who’ve served in the armed forces, will also be livestreamed.

November 11 — Student Veteran Panel

A panel of student veterans will speak on their experiences, transition to civilian life, and address myths and misconceptions. The hour-long panel will begin at 2 p.m. in the Flex Theater in the HUB. You can watch it online here.

November 12 — Military Appreciation Tailgate And Football Game

Penn State and Walmart will host a tailgate for active-duty, guard, and reserve military members, veterans, and fallen and gold star families, three hours before kickoff ahead of the Maryland game. This game will also serve as the annual Military Appreciation game. Proof of service is required to enter the tailgate.

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