As Veterans Day draws near, our thoughts go out to the men and women who serve in our military, as well as to those who have paid the ultimate price while protecting our freedoms. We extend our gratitude to them, and to their families and loved ones who have endured the burden of their sacrifices. Each TCC campus will mark Veterans Day with ceremonies and observances next week, beginning Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Northwest and South campuses, and continuing Friday, Nov. 11 at the others.
Personal Thank-Yous and Performances
TCC student veterans are invited to drop by the Northwest Campus Theatre Lobby anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. next Thursday to receive a personal thank-you, as well as goodie bag packed with a lapel pin, coffee mug and more. On the same day, the South Campus will host a ceremony to honor and thank military veterans with a brass-quartet musical salute to the Armed Forces and performances by the O.D. Wyatt High School Drumline and ROTC.
Remembrance Day National Roll Calls
Observances continue next Friday, beginning with two Remembrance Day National Roll Calls — one in the Northeast Campus Galley, and one in the World Lounge at the Trinity River Campus. Beginning at 8 a.m. volunteers will read aloud the names of casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi freedom, now known as Operation New Dawn. Reading the 6,200-plus names of those who lost their lives while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to take almost eight hours.
The Northeast Campus will also host a Veterans Day Observance Program sponsored by the Phi Tau Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society next Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ceremony will feature patriotic music, color guard and special guest speaker Tameka Wilson, who is the International President of Phi Theta Kappa, as well as a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Afghanistan.
Patriotic Music and Lecture
All veterans at the Southeast Campus Veterans Day Observance will be recognized for their service and given a Veterans Day pin next Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Main Commons. The ceremony will feature patriotic music and readings, as well as a moment of silence for fallen veterans.
The observances continue at the Southeast Campus next Friday with a lecture in the Untold Stories series that is relevant to veterans who have lost limbs in combat. Mario Romero-Ortega, associate professor of bioengineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, will discuss how his research will help to develop prosthetic limbs that behave and feel naturally for veterans. The lecture begins at 11:45 a.m. in the North Ballroom.
In addition to the all-day Remembrance Day National Roll Call, the Trinity River Campus will host a ceremony next Friday in the Riverfront Café to recognize all veterans who have served and sacrificed, following a moment of silence.
More details are available at the Student Activities office for each campus: Northeast, 817-515-6456; Northwest, 817-515-7795; South, 817-515-4206; Southeast, 817-515-3076; Trinity River, 817-515-1197.