Southeast Missouri State University will recognize the military service of veterans and their families with a new Veterans Plaza to begin taking shape this semester.
Groundbreaking for the project is scheduled later this month.
The University’s Veterans Plaza will be located between Academic Hall and Memorial Hall and will face the parking lot along Academic Drive. The Plaza will consist of commemorative engraved bricks which donors may purchase through Jan. 17 to honor the military service of alumni, friends, family members and others.
A ribbon cutting and dedication of the plaza is scheduled for May 1.
Dr. Trudy Lee, interim vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, says the Plaza is expected to be similar to the Heritage Plaza at the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center with the addition of the U.S. flag, POW/MIA flag and the Missouri state flag. In addition, flags representing the various military branches will be displayed on national holidays.
Southeast was awarded the 2019 Military Friendly Schools Silver Designation in 2019 and was ranked among the 2019-2020 list of “Better for Veterans” institutions across the country.
“We have several alumni with our Vet Corps who began this project to honor the commitment of their fellow alumni,” Lee said. “We are very proud to represent their service on our campus.”
To purchase a brick or donate to the Veterans Plaza project, visit semo.edu/veteransplaza or contact the University’s Alumni Association Office at (573) 651-2259. Thanks to the generosity of donors who have provided matching funds, Southeast students may purchase bricks for half price to commemorate their own service. Multiple sizes of bricks are available.