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Facilities Services employee, veterans advocate captures interesting photo for Flag Day

  • Photo courtesy of Diane Roper

Posted on June 13, 2014

Diane Roper, a Mail Room staff member in Grand Valley’s Facilities Services department, has been married to a veteran for 42 years, and has made honoring veterans and thanking them for their service a big part of her life. 

Roper was in Kokomo, Indiana last fall at a veterans reunion when she snapped an interesting photo. 

“When I got the pictures back I was amazed at how the resemblance of an eagle was captured,” Roper said. “Having the flag and eagle as two of our country’s emblems, I thought it was a great picture to share before Flag Day.” Flag Day is observed on June 14.

Roper, who has worked at the university for 22 years, is active in advocating for veterans. She participates in the Engage program through WGVU and serves on the veterans committee. She led the charge to start the Welcome Home Veterans 5k fun-run that is held each spring on the Allendale Campus, and works on the LZ Michigan “Welcome Home” program at Fifth Third Ballpark. 

“I am always finding ways to honor and thank them for their service,” Roper said. 

For more information on the WGVU Engage veterans initiative, visit

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