Press Release

UU to Recognize Dedicate POW/MIA Chair, and Recognize VFW & Military Branches During Sept. 13 Football Game


Sherry Mercurio
Director of Communications and Public Relations
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Urbana, OH (September 9, 2018)

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, is proud to announce it will host a POW/MIA chair dedication and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) members and military branches recognition during its Sept. 13 football game against the Lake Erie Storm.

The POW/MIA chair is being dedicated in recognition of all prisoners of war and veterans that are missing in action and have never returned home. The seat, which will be located near the flagpole on the north end of the stadium field, will remain empty in recognition of the missing, and will feature the POW/MIA logo – the silhouette of a man’s head in the foreground, with a guard tower and a barbed-wire fence in the background.

The effort to include the POW/MIA chair was led by Fred Williams, Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 31, and Quartermaster of the VFW Post 5451; Tony Markin, Commander of the VFW Post 5451; and Pastor Dan Leiker, pastor of River of Life Christian Center, Urbana.

In honor of the dedication and recognition ceremony, all veterans and active duty, including National Guard and Reservist will receive free admission to the Sept. 13 football game (guests are asked to visit the “hospitality tent” prior to entering the game).

Kick-off for the Sept. 13 Blue Knights football game is scheduled for 7 p.m., with posting of Colors and the National Anthem schedule for 6:50 p.m.

Tailgating begins at 6 p.m. The community, students, and friends of Urbana University are invited to bring a pop up tent, chair, and favorite snacks to join in the pre-game fun!

For more information on the POW/MIA chair, contact Fred Williams, Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 31, and Quartermaster of the VFW Post 5451 at

Future half-time salutes will include the Sept. 20 recognition of the Alicia Titus Peace Fund and Oct. 6 Lester Baum and Robert (“Bob”) Cawley athletic facility dedications during this year’s U-Knighted homecoming festivities.

For a schedule of remaining Blue Knight football games, visit:

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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