On Veterans Day 2010, Saint Leo University’s
deep commitment to providing educational opportunities to military
service members found expression through an extraordinary piece of
public artwork that was dedicated at University Campus.
Called “For Those Who Serve,” the elaborate bronze work honors
the men and women of the armed forces and celebrates the gift of
knowledge that Saint Leo University has been privileged to share
with service members for four decades.
Created by accomplished sculptor Dexter Benedict, the sculpture
conveys the concepts of patriotism, honor, respect, and wisdom.
“For Those Who Serve” comprises seven figures. The five
life-size figures in the circle each represent a branch of the
armed services, and together they are holding aloft Lady Liberty. A
professor, seated nearby. He extends a hand, in a symbolic
representation of Saint Leo faculty’s work, in teaching and serving
In his remarks at the dedication, University President Arthur F.
Kirk, Jr., said:
“Long ago we envisioned building this tribute –– at the center
of our campus –– to honor those who serve so that we may teach and
learn in peace. It compels us to remember that though this may be
the center of our campus, our great university extends far from
this spot; and that those who serve are in our hearts and prayers