Mount Mercy University celebrates veterans through certification and sunset ceremony

Governor Branstad announced Mount Mercy University as one of three colleges to be named a Home Base Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partner (CHAMP) during a press conference in Des Moines on Oct. 27. The governor explained the partnerships will ensure that military personnel have the higher education support needed to achieve future educational goals.

The Home Base Iowa initiative is designed to connect veterans with community, employment and educational information needed to make a smooth transition to civilian life in Iowa. To become a certified CHAMP, Mount Mercy exceeded criteria in areas of on-campus veteran’s resources, mindfulness of service member transitions and financial considerations.

The university will also pay homage to veterans through a sunset ceremony at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10 to usher in Veterans Day.

During the event on the university’s green space near Betty Cherry Heritage Hall, the Mount Mercy community will gather for a blessing by Campus Minister Erin Broich, opening words from President Laurie Hamen, flag lowering and folding by the Marion American Legion and a beautiful rendition of America the Beautiful will be enjoyed.

Following the ceremony, Mount Mercy’s veterans and their families will be invited to a dinner in the Sisters of Mercy University Center.

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