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Downtown Festival Celebrates Military Appreciation

Downtown Businesses, Dr. Eric Barron, and Local Groups Honor Service Members Past and Present


State College, PA – With an American flag flying high, Allen Street was in full patriotic regalia to kick-off Military Appreciation week ahead of Veteran’s Day.

Downtown businesses are donating a portion of their proceeds to the Penn State Student Military Fund,” explained Irene Miller, Executive Director of the Downtown State College Improvement District. “This evening is a physical expression of our community’s appreciation for what our armed service members – past and present – have done for our country, as well as a catalyst for giving back via the scholarship fund.”

After the presentation of colors by American Legion Post #245 Honor Guard and the singing of the National Anthem by a cappella group Arietta, Miller and Pennsylvania State University’s President, Dr. Eric Barron, addressed the crowd.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Downtown State College Improvement District for supporting this effort today and throughout the year,” expressed Barron. “On behalf of Penn State, I wish to thank the downtown district businesses for this critical support.”

After Barron presented a plaque to the Downtown State College Improvement District in recognition of its support, the celebration continued with many performers and display booths.

Fuse Productions, Performing Arts School of Central PA, Centre Heritage Singers, Dan & Galla, and Rodeo Serenade shared the stage throughout the evening.

Free cupcakes, flags, and patriotic glow apparel was available at the Downtown State College booth, where a jumbo Thank You card was also displayed for all to sign.  At the Dear Hero Program’s table, people wrote thank you letters to active military members.

Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty were also on hand to view the patriotic LED lightshow and take selfies with attendees.

Booths included Spring Creek Trout Unlimited, Reboot Combat Recovery, Omega Delta Sigma, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, PA Military Museum, Nittany Crossfit, Centre County Veteran’s Affairs, PYP Studio, South Hills, Jersey Mike’s, Old State Clothing Co., and Freedom 5k for PTSD, Jana Marie Foundation, Old State Clothing Co., and more!

To see more photos of the event, please visit the Facebook photo album.

“This year’s grand total donation will be revealed at the Veteran’s Tailgate at the BJC this Saturday, November 11th, as we present Dr. Barron with a check,” explained Miller. “Participating businesses are encouraged to contact the office for tickets and be a part of the morning’s presentation.”

For more information about the Downtown State College Improvement District, please visit our website or call the office at (814) 238-7004.

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The Downtown State College Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) devoted to preserving and enhancing the value and vitality of downtown, and works to retain, expand, and attract businesses and investment to improve the Downtown environment.