98-year-old World War II veteran to lead march
at UNC to recognize the Union soldier
WHO: Bobby Gersten, 98, “The Great-Granddaddy of UNC”, a retired college professor and co-founder of UNC Walk for Health, is the University of North Carolina’s oldest living athlete (basketball and baseball). In 1942, he was awarded the prestigious Patterson Award for his leadership in athletics at UNC. Upon graduation, he served in the US Air Force for 3 years during World War II.
WHAT: William “Henry Jr.” Thorpe, Founder and Director of UNC Walk for Health, and whoever else wants to join in, will march from the Pit to the steps of the South Building to dramatize and resurrect the image of the Union soldier. The march will conclude at the steps of the South Building where Thorpe, donning Union soldier garb, will deliver a brief message directed to University officials, “Where is the monument on this campus for the image of the Union soldier? The Union soldier demonstrated remarkable patriotism, valor, morality, and is the best representation of the University’s motto – lux, libertas – light and liberty.