Contact: Mark McGowan, NIU Office of Public Affairs
April 2, 2008
DeKalb — Members of the Northern Illinois University Veterans Club will host a Friday morning gathering at the Veterans Memorial Flagpole in memory of Julianna Gehant, one of the five NIU students killed in the Feb. 14 incident.
Gehant, an elementary education major from Mendota, Ill., logged 12 years in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves before coming to NIU last September.
As a Sergeant First Class in an engineering unit, the 32-year-old served a tour of duty in Bosnia. It was during her military years that Gehant earned some experience as a teacher and found a career path.
The April 4 event begins at 11 a.m. The flagpole is on the southeast corner of Castle Drive and College Avenue near the East Lagoon. All are welcome.
“This gives those of us who knew her on campus an opportunity to honor her life,” said Jennifer Webster, a friend of Gehant. “We also will be dedicating a plaque we hope to have mounted on the memorial.”
Army Master Sgt. Clayton Slater will speak about Gehant’s military career and accomplishments. Webster then will talk to the group about Gehant’s time on campus. Music also is planned.
Members of the NIU Veterans Club previously assembled at the flagpole Feb. 15, the day after Gehant died, to lay a wreath in her honor. That memorial was donated to NIU’s Regional History Center/University Archive.
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