Concord University Veterans Day Observance Featuring Speech by Former POW Jessica Lynch

ATHENS, W.Va. – Former American Prisoner of War (POW) Jessica Lynch will be the keynote speaker for Concord University’s Veterans Day observance on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The program will begin at 11 a.m. in University Point’s Wilkes Family Chapel on the Athens campus.
Lynch, a former Private First Class (PFC) with the United States Army, was injured and captured by Iraqi forces after her unit was ambushed in Iraq on March 23, 2003. Jessica’s recovery by U.S. Special Operations Forces on April 1, 2003 is recognized as the first successful rescue of an American POW since World War II and the first ever of an American female.
She is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Prisoner of War Medal.
Today, Jessica speaks to various groups around the United States about overcoming her obstacles and how perseverance helped her survive. She further explains that despite the most difficult circumstances – whatever they might be – a positive outlook and determination can truly help individuals live fulfilling lives and accomplish their goals.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education K-6 and a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies.  She is a native West Virginian.

“It really is an honor to have Jessica Lynch come speak at Concord. She is an American hero who exemplifies honor, integrity, and strength. She has a powerful message that we all certainly could hear.”

George Williams, Veterans Advocate

Williams, who is a veteran of the United States Navy and an assistant professor at Concord University, said the Veterans Day observance is a way to recognize the service and sacrifice of all veterans. He encourages student veterans at Concord, veterans from across the region and members of the community to attend the upcoming program.
There is no admission charge and the general public is invited to join the Concord campus community in attending. The Concord University Foundation is sponsoring this event.
For additional information please contact Dr. George Williams at or 304-384-6300.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086 if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.


Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

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