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Dec. 5, 2019

Media Advisory: Coast Guard Shield to be Unveiled Saturday

  • What: Unveiling of the Coast Guard Shield
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Student Union Memorial Center Rotunda, 1303 E. University Blvd.

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona Student Unions will unveil the Coast Guard Shield on Saturday, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, at the Student Union Memorial Center Rotunda and the University of Arizona Mall.

Five bas-relief sculptures representing each branch of the armed services are located in the rotunda. The Coast Guard sculpture was added in the spring of 2019. The reliefs are a tribute to the University of Arizona alumni who gave their lives for their country during World War II. There are also cast bronze memorial plaques listing the names of those who gave their lives in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam Wars on the lower level of the rotunda.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • 9 a.m.: ROA National Chaplain Col. Sherman Reed, Ret.
  • 9:10 a.m.: Keynote address by 11th Coast Guard District Chief of Staff Capt. Joseph Buzzella
  • 9:40 a.m.: Coast Guard Shield unveiling
  • 9:45 a.m.: Coast Guard commandant reading by Cmdr. Kent Reinhold
  • 9:50 a.m.: Benediction by Chaplain Reed
  • 10-10:30 a.m.: USS Arizona memorial ceremony on the University of Arizona Mall

Media contact:
Alexandra Powell
Arizona Student Unions
The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1885, the university is widely recognized as a student-centric university and has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The university ranked in the top 20 in 2018 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $687 million in annual research expenditures. The university advances the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 65 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually.