SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University will present a series of events on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 12 to pay tribute to all U.S. military veterans and to honor 1st Lt. Mathew Fazzari, a 2010 Gonzaga alumnus who was killed in combat this year.
Gonzaga’s Veterans Day events begin with a 5-kilometer Run 4 Fuzz along the Spokane River; all those interested in participating are asked to meet at the Rudolf Fitness Center on campus at 6 a.m. A Veterans Day Luncheon for faculty and staff will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center’s Herak Club Room. At 4 p.m., a memorial service for Fazzari will begin in the University Chapel, located on the third floor of College Hall, with a reception to follow in the foyer of the Magnuson Theatre (in College Hall).
The day’s events conclude with a special moment of silence at the Gonzaga vs. West Virginia men’s basketball game that tips off at 9 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The moment of silence is intended to honor Fazzari and his family, all U.S. military veterans and their families, and all U.S. troops serving at home and abroad.
Fazzari, from Walla Walla, Wash., was killed in combat June 6 in Afghanistan when the helicopter he was in was struck by enemy gunfire. Capt. Scott Pace, 33, Brawley, Calif., also was killed during the incident. A funeral for Fazzari was held June 22. In 2010, Gonzaga presented Fazzari with the 1st Lt. Forrest P. Ewens Servant Leadership Award.
“Mat Fazzari was the best of the best and a noble hero,” said Lt. Col. (Retired) Alan Westfield, a Gonzaga senior military science instructor. “His memory will live and he will never be forgotten. May we be inspired to be better persons by Mat’s character, approach to life, example, and supreme sacrifice.”
For more information, please contact Westfield at (509) 981-1947 or via email.