BU to commemorate 100th anniversary of campus World War I Memorial

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the campus’ World War I Memorial on Friday, May 3, at 3 p.m. behind Schuylkill Hall, near Carver Hall. In the case of inclement weather, the event will take place in Kehr Union, Fireside Lounge.

The ceremony will include a brief history of the Pinery, biography readings of the 16 students honored, a poem reading, and singing of the hymn “America.” Air Force and Army ROTC will be present, opening with a salute to the flag and ending with a performance of Taps by Randy Baxendale, a music major at BU. Additionally, a tree will be planted to commemorate Reese Davis.

Davis is one of the 16 Bloomsburg State Normal School students and alumni who died in military service during World War I. Each student is represented by a tree in the World War I memorial pinery. His tree, planted in the 1930s, was leaning and recently cut down. The trees were to be replaced when they died or were removed.

The event is being organized by the History Club, student Kira Loux, and archivist Robert Dunkelberger.