Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – As many across the nation set time aside to remember those courageous men and women in uniform who put their lives in harm’s way to defend the freedoms of this nation, Coahoma Community College saluted it’s very own during a special program held in honor of Veteran’s Day.
CCC students, faculty, staff and community members who are veterans as well as their loved ones were recognized Tuesday morning during the program, hosted in the Magnolia Room of the Zee A. Barron Student Union. The event, organized by CCC’s Office of Enrollment and Student Services, also included a complimentary hot breakfast and the opportunity for the veterans to fellowship and share memories.
“What you all have done is a great benefit to this country, and we certainly want to stop today to think about those fighting right now in 60-plus countries around the world,” said CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner. “It is my hope that you all are taking care of yourselves because we know for a lot of veterans the fighting does not stop over there. We lift you up, we thank you, and we also command you to take care of yourselves.”
During the program, veterans enjoyed a rendition of “I’m Proud To Be An American” sung by CCC Director of Alumni Affairs Emmanuel Lackey, a welcome by CCC English Department Chair Vera Griffin and a special poem by Director of Enrollment and Student Services Karen Done.”
Also, the names of all veterans on CCC’s campus were read aloud and those present were recognized with a certificate.
“We should celebrate you everyday—every day is Veteran’s Day. Every day we thank you. We are truly thankful for the sacrifices you have made. …Consider yourself a hero,” said Griffin. “Thanking you is inadequate; we can say it all day long but it’s never enough for the price that you paid. We ask you to remember your sacrifices with great pride because we do.”
“I appreciate all of my fellow veterans for being here,” expressed veteran Leon Williams, CCC’s director of campus safety, on behalf of all of the veterans present. “Freedom is not free. So many are fighting right now so that we can do what we’re doing here.”
To view more photos from the event on CCC’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.