Dec. 7, 2015
For Immediate Release
|Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, back row on the right in the red hat, the hosts of FOX NFL Sunday Live, service members and Pearl Harbor survivors pose for a photo during FOX NFL Sunday Live Special at the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec. 6, 2015. Using sports as a backdrop, FOX Sports is scheduled to pay tribute to the nation’s military while enlightening Americans about Pearl Harbor Day during the 74th anniversary. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian M. Wilbur/Released)|
By Drew Tucker, marketing and media relations coordinator
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — On the 74th anniversary of the day that will live in infamy, Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, Campbellsville University graduate, member of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees and chancellor of the University of Richmond, attended a ceremony along with 13 other World War II veterans to honor and remember the lives lost on Dec. 7, 1941 during the attacks on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, as well as to honor and remember all World War II veterans.
The 14 veterans will participate in numerous activities from Dec. 3 to 8, 2015 to commemorate the anniversary. Throughout the week, the veterans will visit national cemeteries, local schools and attend sporting events. The group will also participate in the annual Pearl Harbor International Ceremony and Memorial Parade.
The Greatest Generations Foundations hosted the veterans for the week. The foundation honors veterans through its battlefield programs, returning veterans to the battlefields where they served. The goal of the program is to raise awareness of the selfless courage all World War II veterans exercised when they were called to serve their county, with the hope that future generations will never forget their sacrifices or those who were left behind.
|Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, a 1949 Campbellsville
University alumnus who serves on the
university’s Board of Trustees, personally gave
$1 million toward the third building in the E.
Bruce Heilman Student Complex before
speaking at the President’s Club Dinner. (CU
Photo by Rachael DeCoursey)
Earlier in the year, Heilman, as part of the “Spirit of ’45” organization, traveled across the country from the Quantico Virginia Marine Base in Quantico, Va. to San Diego, Calif. on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. He spoke to several governors, mayors, veterans, high school and college students about acknowledging, memorializing and celebrating with pride the ending of the war. He laid wreaths at the graves of World War II soldiers on his way back.
Heilman, a 1949 Campbellsville University graduate, recently gave a $1 million gift to the university toward the third building in the E. Bruce Beilman Student Complex. He also announced another $1 million gift from a friend of his who will remain anonymous at present.
In May 2015 he was also a guest speaker at CU’s graduation where he received a Leadership Award. He had previously been honored with an honorary doctorate of public service from CU.
He was married to the late Betty June Dobbins Heilman, a 1948 Campbellsville University graduate, for whom the Betty Dobbins Heilman (President’s Home) is named at Campbellsville University.
He has five children, Bobbie Heilman Murphy, Nancy Heilman Cale, Terry Heilman Sylvester, Sandy Heilman Kuehl, and Tim Heilmam, director of development at Campbellsville University, 11 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering over 80 programs of study including 24 master’s degrees, seven postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is Campbellsville.edu.