What do John Wooden, Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Janice Voss, and Tyler Trent have in common?
They are the only Purdue alums to have memorials and statues dedicated to them on Purdue’s campus. Pretty good company, I think.
Last month, Purdue president, Mitch Daniels, announced that Purdue was “working on” a physical memorial for beloved Purdue student, Tyler Trent. This morning, WLFI’s Trevor Peters said that the memorial would be placed at Gate E, where we all first met Tyler as he camped out for the 2017 Michigan game.
JUST IN: @purduemitch to announce #Purdue’s physical campus memorial for @theTylerTrent Wednesday at Gate E of Ross-Ade Stadium. Will also announce recipient of inaugural Tyler Trent Courage & Resilience Award. @WLFI @PUCancerCenter @TonyTrent10 @Kat9798 https://t.co/XO3nPuAFPI pic.twitter.com/rfydB6S6Bv— Trevor Peters (@TrevorPetersTV) March 25, 2019
ISC Purdue reporter, Corey Ross, was one of the first people to suggest a memorial at Gate E, which may have been the inspiration for this memorial.
Consider this my official petition to @PurdueSports to build a statue outside of Ross-Ade Stadium in honor of @theTylerTrent. Tyler represented everything it means to be a Boilermaker in the purest of forms. I think this picture should be the basis for the statue tent included. pic.twitter.com/nxNFvvVO35— Corey Ross (@CorRock3148) January 2, 2019
Purdue has not yet announced what the memorial will look like or when the memorial will be placed. I personally have to wonder if upcoming renovations to Ross-Ade could impact when it will be constructed (or if it will be placed, and then moved if impacted by construction). But either way, it is good to see that Purdue is committed to honoring Tyler, a man who never gave up during his last years on Earth, and used his platform to help other cancer patients in need.
On Wednesday, @purduemitch will announce a permanent campus memorial to @theTylerTrent and the first recipient of the Tyler Trent Courage and Resilience Award. Join us at 11 am at the student entrance of Ross-Ade for the announcement! pic.twitter.com/LQYcKqvMOO— Purdue University (@LifeAtPurdue) March 25, 2019