Great Americans Day

Great American Women, featuring guest speaker Brig Gen Wilma L. Vaught, USAF (Ret.), is the topic at the 20th annual Pitt-Johnstown Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum.

Great Americans DayThe annual event is set for November 1, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Living-Learning Center.

Brigadier General Vaught will discuss our great American military women, past and present. An Air Force veteran of more than 28 years, she retired in 1985 as one of the most highly decorated women in U.S. history. She is a Vietnam veteran and earned the Defense and Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, Air Force Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star. 

The program is presented by the Pitt-Johnstown History Department, Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society, and Sodexo. 

Funding for this event is provided by the Howard M. and Adelle C. Picking Great Americans Day Forum Fund.

About Great Americans Day

Since 1998, Pitt-Johnstown's annual Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum has celebrated the lives of a wide range of citizens, from Presidents and First Ladies to authors and professional athletes. Pieces of their lives provide models of civic virtue — the sacrifice of self-interest for the public good — that the founders intended to be the glue of our Republic.

This series is intended to promote the American ideal of civic virtue central to citizenship and to remind us that the continued success of our society depends upon both individual and collective contributions.

Prior programs focused on the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Will Rogers to name a few.