Pittsburg State shares stories of 4 local veterans in virtual Veterans Day Ceremony

Sachetta who served in World War II from 1943-1946, was humbled to be included.
Pitt State Veterans Day

PITTSBURG, Ks. – Because of the pandemic, Pittsburg State University went virtual this year for their Veterans Day ceremony.

“We have a long history of having very close relationships with many Veterans at Pitt State and many of our alumni have fought and served this country and so we wanted to kind of tap into that and have an opportunity to dig in a little bit deeper and talk to some of our local veterans really spanning all the way back to World War II, all the way up to an individual who had been involved with a more current conflict” said PSU Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations, Jon Bartlow.

The ceremony was a look into four veterans Christopher Kmiec, Ron Seglie, Gene Corsini and Louis Sachetta, who all served at different times, sharing their experience in a documentary style.

Sachetta who served in World War II from 1943-1946, was humbled to be included.

“Well I thought it would be quite an honor, which it ended up being.”

“Very nice, it goes to show someone is thinking about you.”

He served in the Army as military police in Paris France, a time he remembers well.

“I ended up being military police, I patrolled around the Eiffel tower, Concord street, the Champs-Élysées.”

Veterans Day is something of great importance to him.

“It’s something unbelievable because that covers not just me, but everybody, it’s wonderful.”

The ceremony also included the ROTC Color Guard, PSU choir, new pavers added to the memorial and a message from the PSU President.

“The ceremony gives those a deeper sense of the importance of Veterans Day and a deeper sense of the sacrifices the veterans have put forward throughout their lives. You know, this country would not be what it is today without the sacrifices of these veterans, we feel very strongly about that at Pitt State” added Bartlow.

The ceremony typically is an education lesson to local 6th graders but this year packets were sent to teachers so they could teach their students at any time.