"For Those Who Serve"

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 military students.

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 every day.”